In the past, open surgical hysterectomies resulted in hospital stays of several days, pain, a lengthy recovery time and a large abdominal scar. Now, minimally invasive surgical techniques result in hysterectomies that eliminate many of the disadvantages of traditional open surgical procedures.
A minimally invasive hysterectomy performed in a hospital setting, can treat and correct conditions such as:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine fibroids
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Cervical abnormalities
Minimally invasive hysterectomies using laparoscopic techniques are unlike open surgeries because they are performed through one or more small incisions. These procedures may also allow more women, who may not be candidates for open surgery, to have a hysterectomy.
Laparoscopic surgical procedures use fiber optics (laparoscope) and a miniature television camera along with specialized instruments are inserted into very small incisions in the navel and abdomen or through the vagina. The procedure may be only exploratory or may utilize robotic devices like the da Vinci Surgical System that permits surgeons to perform with extremely high precision, vision and a level of control unavailable with standard laparoscopic procedures.
Approaches and treatments depend upon factors such as obesity, prior abdominal surgery, scar tissue and other medical considerations.
A vaginal hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed in a hospital that involves removing the uterus surgically through the vagina. It is performed if the uterus is not greatly enlarged and if the medical conditions are not related to cancer.
This type of hysterectomy has fewer complications, requires a shorter hospital stay, and allows a faster recovery when compared to the removal of the uterus through an abdominal incision (abdominal hysterectomy). It can be used to remove one or both ovaries as well as fallopian tubes.
At Mowery Women’s Clinic, we put our patients first and work with them to ensure they are getting the best care available. Contact our office for more information and to schedule an appointment.
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