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Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of a woman's uterus, the organ where the fetus develops during pregnancy. There are many medical conditions that can be treated by a hysterectomy, like fibroids, uterine prolapse, abnormal bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and others.
There are different types of hysterectomies. Some types remove only the uterus, while other types remove the cervix, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes as well.
There are several ways that the surgery is performed. If hysterectomy is a possible treatment for your condition, we will discuss the type and method that would be best for you.
The female reproductive organs include the ovaries and fallopian tubes, the uterus, the cervix, and the vagina.
There are different types of hysterectomies:
During a total hysterectomy, your uterus and cervix are removed, and your ovaries and fallopian tubes remain.
During a supracervical hysterectomy, only your uterus is removed. Your cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries remain.
During a hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy (BSO), your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed. You may experience symptoms of menopause after this surgery.
A hysterectomy can be a solution for a variety of medical conditions. Common reasons a woman may have a hysterectomy include:
For many of these conditions, a hysterectomy is not the only treatment. We can discuss your condition and decide whether a hysterectomy is a good option for you.
Depending on the reason you need a hysterectomy, there may be other treatments to try first:
If these alternatives to surgery do not control your symptoms or your medical condition, a hysterectomy is the ultimate and final treatment. We can discuss which option is the best choice for you.
The way your surgery is performed may depend on your condition, the size of your uterus, and your medical history. The most common methods of performing a hysterectomy are:
If a hysterectomy is the best treatment for your medical condition, we can discuss which method of hysterectomy surgery is best for you.
You may have inpatient surgery, where you come to the surgical unit for the operation and stay in the hospital for a short recovery. Or, you may have outpatient surgery, where you come to the surgical unit for the operation and then go home a few hours later.
During a vaginal hysterectomy, your uterus and cervix are removed through an incision in your vagina. Unlike other types of hysterectomy surgery, the incision is inside your vagina, so any marks left by the surgery are not visible to others.
Most women who have a vaginal hysterectomy go home the same day of the surgery or the day after surgery. Most women recover from this surgery in 2 to 4 weeks.
During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through small incisions in your abdomen. These incisions are about half an inch long. This type of surgery is done by putting a small lighted tube (called a laparoscope) through your belly button. Several other small incisions are made in the abdomen to place the surgical tools needed to perform the surgery.
Most women who have a laparoscopic hysterectomy go home the same day of the surgery or the day after surgery. The advantage of this type of hysterectomy is that the recovery and return to normal activities happens quickly. Most women recover from this surgery in 2 to 4 weeks.
This type of hysterectomy is a combination of a vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic hysterectomy. During an LAVH, the ligaments that support your uterus, tubes, and ovaries are cut using a small lighted tube (called a laparoscope) inserted through your belly button and small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen. Several other small incisions are made in the abdomen to place the surgical tools needed to perform the surgery. An incision is also made in your vagina, in order to remove the uterus through the vagina – this incision will not be visible to others.
Most women who have an LAVH go home the same day of the surgery or the day after surgery. Most women recover from this surgery in 2 to 4 weeks.
During an abdominal hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through a large incision in your abdomen. The incision is usually 6 to 8 inches long. The surgery can be done through a horizontal incision sometimes called a "bikini cut" near the pubic hairline. The surgery may also be done through a vertical incision, usually between the belly button and the pubic bone.
Most women who have an abdominal hysterectomy go home in 1 to 3 days. Most women recover from this surgery in 4 to 6 weeks.
During a mini-lap hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through a small incision in your abdomen. This incision is about 2 to 3 inches long and is made low, just above the pubic hairline.
Most women who have a mini-lap hysterectomy go home the same day of their surgery or the day after surgery. The advantage of this type of hysterectomy is that the recovery and return to normal activities are quicker than if you have surgery through a standard open incision. Most women recover from this surgery in 2 to 4 weeks.
As with any surgery, there is a slight chance that problems may occur. Problems could include:
The length of time you will need to recover depends on your health and the type of surgery you had. Here are some tips to make your recovery period quicker and more effective:
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
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