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Archive >  September, 2011 XII, No. 9

How We Succeeded With Outpatient Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy patients at this Dallas surgery center go home the same day. Here"s how.

Vicki Schultz, RN

Most laparoscopic hysterectomy procedures require an overnight or sometimes 2-night convalescence. That's not the case here at the Women's Specialty Surgery Center of Dallas. At our free-standing, 4-OR surgical center, we perform minimally invasive hysterectomy with as little as a 4-hour recovery-to-discharge time. We offer laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH), which lets women keep their cervixes, or total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH). These procedures appeal to active women with busy lifestyles who'd rather tolerate excessive bleeding longer than necessary than take the time to recuperate from surgery. Here are the keys to adding outpatient LSH and TLH and helpful hints for day-surgery discharge. With the right staffing, preparation, counseling and recovery strategies in place, you too can offer the most commonly performed gynecologic operations as outpatient procedures.

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