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Other research product . 2011

Hysterectomy throughout history

Sparić Radmila; Hudelist Gernot; Berisavac Milica; Gudović Aleksandra; Buzadžić Snežana;
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Published: 01 Jan 2011
Publisher: Acta chirurgica iugoslavica
Country: Serbia
Hysterectomy, which is one of the most common surgeries performed on women, dates back to ancient times. The history of hysterectomy comprises biographies of many humble men and the significant individual efforts that they made to fight the skepticism of the medical communities of their times. Many of the pioneers were ignored. Although there are a number of alternatives to hysterectomy available, it remains one of the most frequently performed gynaecological operations. The introduction of antisepsis, anaesthesia, antibiotics and blood transfusion made hysterectomy a safe procedure. Nowadays, we distinguish three different surgical approaches to hysterectomy: vaginal, abdominal and laparoscopic. The limitations of conventional laparoscopy have led to the development of robotic surgery, which has evolved over the past decade from simple adjustable arms to support cameras in laparoscopic surgery to more sophisticated four-armed machines now being in use worldwide.

hysterectomy, history, laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery

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