Every year, as many as 500,000 women undergo a hysterectomy, making it one of the most common surgical procedures for women. The women’s health experts at NA OB/GYN performs minimally invasive hysterectomies to reduce your risk and recovery time. To schedule a consultation to discuss your surgical options, contact the New Albany or Holly Springs, Mississippi, office by phone or online today.
A hysterectomy is a common gynecological surgical procedure in which your uterus is removed. The uterus is also referred to as the womb and is the organ in your body where your baby grows during pregnancy. In some cases, your ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed during a hysterectomy.
While hysterectomies are common for women in the United States, the surgical procedure isn’t usually the first course of action for the treatment of most gynecological issues.
However, if you fail to get relief from your symptoms with conservative measures, then your provider at NA OB/GYN may recommend a hysterectomy.
Some of the most common reasons women undergo a hysterectomy include:
Your provider at NA OB/GYN reviews all of your options with you so you can make the most informed decision about your care.
There are several techniques used to perform a hysterectomy. Your provider at NA OB/GYN determines the best method for you based on your need for the hysterectomy and your medical and surgical history.
Some of the techniques used include:
An abdominal hysterectomy is the most traditional surgical procedure. Also referred to as an open hysterectomy, during this procedure your provider makes a large incision through your abdominal tissue to access your uterus for removal.
The laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes a laparoscope, which is a small surgical camera, and small abdominal incisions for removal of your uterus.
The vaginal hysterectomy is also considered minimally invasive and removes your uterus through a small incision in your vagina.
When possible, the experienced team at NA OB/GYN prefers to perform your hysterectomy utilizing a minimally invasive approach to reduce your pain and recovery time.
No matter what method is used to remove your uterus, a hysterectomy is a major surgery and may require you to take it easy for a few weeks or more. After your uterus is removed, you no longer menstruate.
If your ovaries and fallopian tubes were also removed during your hysterectomy, then you may also go through menopause.
A hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure. For expert surgical and gynecological care, call NA OB/GYN today or request an appointment online.