The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for early stage cervical cancer.
It replaces the previous guidance on Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for early stage cervical cancer (NICE interventional procedures guidance 24, November 2003).
This procedure is used to treat stage I or IIA cervical cancer.
Radical hysterectomy involves surgical removal of the uterus, the supporting ligaments and the upper vagina, together with removal of the pelvic lymph nodes and sometimes the para-aortic lymph nodes. A standard radical hysterectomy is performed through an incision in the abdomen. Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to achieve the same excision via a laparoscopic approach.