Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) combines the methods of laparoscopy and hysterectomy. Laparoscopy is used to get a clear picture of the reproductive organs and hysterectomy is used to remove the uterus. The laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen using a small incision in the abdomen. Tiny instruments are also inserted that cut the ligaments that support the uterus. The uterus is then removed vaginally.
LAVH requires a very short recovery period as little as few hours to a day or two after surgery. Women can resume normal activities within 1-2 weeks post surgery. It also has cosmetic benefits like less scarring. It is also less painful and the risk of blood loss is minimal. After LAVH you will not have any vaginal bleeding. Vaginal dryness may be experienced which can be treated using hormone creams and lubricants.