Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for early stage cervical cancer. Hysterectomy is the cervical removal of the uterus. When a hysterectomy is used to treat cervical cancer, many of the structures connected to the uterus also need to be removed. This is known as a radical hysterectomy. A laparoscopic radical hysterectomy is carried out through several small incisions in the abdomen (‘keyhole’ surgery), with the aid of an internal telescope and camera system (laparoscope). The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is examining laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for early stage cervical cancer and will publish guidance on its safety and efficacy to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. NICE’s Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee has considered the available evidence and the views of Specialist Advisers, who are consultants with knowledge of the procedure. The Advisory Committee has made provisional recommendations about laparoscopic radical hysterectomy for early stage cervical cancer .