In the Single Port Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy, the uterus is removed laparoscopically, leaving a portion of the cervix behind. The ovaries may or may not be removed at the same time.
Like other minimally invasive surgeries, this procedure is designed to cause less pain than abdominal hysterectomy with the added benefit of a shorter recovery period.
First, the scope is introduced through a small incision in the navel. Because a vaginal incision is not made, only the navel incision is required.
Using the laparoscope, the surgeon separates the body of the uterus (highlighted in picture) from its ligaments and blood vessels, then detaches it from the lower portion, called the cervix. The detached uterus is placed in a containment bag and morcellated , then removed through the Single Port naval incision.
The cervix (shown here) remains in place for added support to the vagina and neighboring structures. This procedure requires general anesthesia with a hospital stay either as same day surgery or overnight. Recovery before returning to work is usually 10 days to 2 weeks.