A hysterectomy, or the removal of the uterus, is the most commonly performed gynecologic surgery. Despite this fact, it is still a major procedure that, like all surgeries, comes with risks. The decision to undergo a hysterectomy should be carefully considered and discussed with your Pacific Women’s Center physician.
Hysterectomies are usually performed to correct various conditions when other treatments are not an option or fail. These conditions may include endometriosis, uterine prolapse, fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, abnormal vaginal bleeding, and cancer of the reproductive organs.
There are several different methods to perform a hysterectomy. The technique your physician chooses will depend on your medical history, physical exam and diagnosis. The ways we perform hysterectomies are below:
- Abdominal – The hysterectomy will be performed via an incision through the lower abdomen.
- Vaginal – The uterus is removed through an incision in the vagina.
- Laparoscopic/Robotic Assisted (DaVinci) – A laparoscope is used to remove the uterus through small incisions in the abdomen and will be delivered through the vagina.
- Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) – The uterus is removed through the vagina with the guidance of a laparoscope.
The surgery will be performed at the hospital and does necessitate some recovery time. The lengths of the hospital stay and recovery time largely depend on the type of hysterectomy. Your physician will be with you every step of the way to make sure you stay healthy, comfortable and safe. Give us a call us at 541-342-8616 or contact us to discuss your questions, concerns and options.