“Hysterectomy” is the term used for removal of the uterus. One of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States, there are several reasons why having a hysterectomy can improve a woman’s quality of life.
A hysterectomy may be necessary for a woman who is experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, or cancer. It may also be necessary to remove the uterus in women who experience uterine prolapse, a condition where the uterus drops into or out of the vagina. In each case, doctors can perform diagnostic ultrasound in order to determine the correct course of action for each patient.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed using a few ½ inch long incisions along the abdomen. Through one of these incisions, a laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen to allow the surgeon to see the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Other surgical instruments are inserted to cut the uterus away from the organs, and it can then be removed through other small incisions or through the vagina. During an abdominal hysterectomy, a large incision is made in the lower abdomen and the uterus is removed through this incision.
In short, it depends on the type of hysterectomy that is performed. If only the uterus is removed laparoscopically, it can be done on an out-patient basis. However, an abdominal hysterectomy will require a few days stay in the hospital to monitor for post-surgical complications and infection. In both cases, a patient can expect to have some pain for the first few days after surgery. She may also experience bleeding and discharge from the vagina for several weeks that should be cared for with sanitary pads. Emotional effects are also common and can range from mourning the ability to bear children to relief the former symptoms are finally gone.
To discuss hysterectomy options, contact the office of Newport Beach OB/GYN Medical Group, Inc. for a consultation.
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