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Hysterectomy

hysterectomy diagramWhat is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus, the womb. After hysterectomy, you will not be able to have children. Your hormones are generally not affected unless your ovaries are also removed.

Why Should I Have a Hysterectomy?

A woman may have a hysterectomy to treat common conditions, such as: pelvic pain, bleeding, prolapse, endometriosis, fibroids, painful periods, and pain with sex.

How is a Hysterectomy Performed?

A hysterectomy can be performed in different ways depending on the reason for the hysterectomy and other factors. You and your doctor can discuss the different ways of performing a hysterectomy to decide which route is safest and most appropriate for your specific situation. The three main hysterectomy procedures are laparoscopic, vaginal, and abdominal.

lap hysterectomy diagram

  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – A thin, lighted tube attached to a camera is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. Additional small incisions are made to insert surgical instruments. A laparoscopic hysterectomy results in shorter hospital stays, an easier recovery and a decreased risk for infection than an abdominal hysterectomy.
  • Vaginal Hysterectomy – The uterus is removed through the vagina. The only incision is inside the vagina. However, your internal anatomy cannot be visualized by the surgeon.
  • Abdominal Hysterectomy – A larger incision is made on the abdomen to remove the uterus. An abdominal hysterectomy may be suggested if a patient has a large uterus, adhesions or other anatomical challenges. This kind of hysterectomy requires a longer hospital stay and healing time.

What are the Risks?

A hysterectomy is a commonly performed surgery. However, there are always some risks associated with having a surgical procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits so you can be informed to make the best decision.

What to expect after the surgery.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists at 770.720.7733.

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