Any surgical procedure in which all or part of the uterus is removed.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies are generally outpatient procedures. They require much smaller incisions, are minimally invasive and yield lower recovery times, as compared to traditional open hysterectomies. The procedure involves a camera and robotic instruments being inserted into the incision, allowing the surgeon to perform the procedure while observing the area on a monitor.
Women’s Health of The Emerald Coast is fully skilled at all types of hysterectomies. Procedures performed by us can also include a pain block. This can allow hysterectomies to be performed as an outpatient surgery, with minimum or no pain following the procedure.
Removal of the ovaries are not part of a hysterectomy. However, you and your surgeon may decide that performing an oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries) is in you best interest. If this is the case, then ovary removal can be done concurrently with the hysterectomy.
There are a few different types of hysterectomies, the simplest involving removal of only the uterus. With this option the cervix is left in place. Often, the type usually performed is a total hysterectomy. This option involves the removal of not only the uterus, but also the cervix. In more extreme cases involving disease, a radical hysterectomy may be performed. This option involves removal or the uterus, cervix and upper vagina.
A Hysterectomy in which an incision is made in the vagina, through which the uterus can be safely removed.
In certain situations, a patient may have extenuating physical conditions that prevent a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. In these cases, a traditional open hysterectomy is performed. With this type, the uterus is removed through a traditional abdominal incision.
There are quite a few conditions under which a hysterectomy may be a viable option. These conditions can include endometriosis, cancers, uterine prolapse and extreme symptoms onset by uterine fibroids.