A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of part or all of your uterus. It is never the first course of treatment, but is sometimes necessary when more conservative treatments fail to achieve the desired results.
In some cases, additional reproductive organs are also removed during a hysterectomy procedure. Your cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes may also need to be removed, depending on the reason for your procedure.
At Panhandle Obstetrics and Gynecology, the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery platform is used to perform most hysterectomy procedures done at the practice. This minimally invasive surgical approach allows effective tissue removal using small incisions.
Benefits of robotic surgery include less bleeding, faster procedures, quicker recovery time, and lower risk of complications. During your visit, you’ll learn if robotic surgery is a good fit for your specific set of needs.
There are many reasons why a hysterectomy may be necessary. Some of the gynecologic conditions that can be resolved through a hysterectomy include:
You’ll always learn about all available treatment options after any diagnosis. The goal is to empower you to make informed decisions about your care.
Hysterectomy usually takes between 1-3 hours, depending on the type of surgical techniques used and the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. You can usually go home the same day, but an abdominal open surgery might require a few days in the hospital.
Your recovery process will depend on the amount of tissue removed during your procedure and your overall health at the time of the surgery. You’ll receive thorough post-procedure instructions before your visit, and following those guidelines will make a world of difference in your recovery.
Many women need supplemental hormone therapy after hysterectomy. Panhandle Obstetrics and Gynecology offers BioTE® hormone replacement therapy, an option that can restore optimal hormonal balance with synthetic hormones that are structured exactly like your natural hormones.
If you’d like more information about hysterectomy and what to expect, call the office to book an appointment. Online booking is also available, and is fast and easy.