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Is a hysterectomy a major surgery?

Craig Sobolewski, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
It doesn’t have to be. Nowadays hysterectomies can be performed laparoscopically in many cases, with a tiny camera and slender surgical instruments inserted through an approximately 3Ž4-inch incision made inside or very near the patient’s belly button. This minimally invasive approach not only reduces the pain, complication risk, and downtime associated with traditional open surgery, the miniscule scar is virtually invisible.

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