Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus. There are several different types of hysterectomy that vary in how much reproductive tissue is removed.
Supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy
Sometimes called a partial hysterectomy, this approach removes only the upper portion of your uterus, without altering your cervix.
This approach removes your entire uterus and your cervix.
This procedure includes the surgical removal of your uterus, cervix, and the upper portion of your vagina.
Your specialist works with you to determine the type of hysterectomy that best addresses your needs.
What type of surgery is used for a hysterectomy?
Your surgical path depends on the reason for your hysterectomy and your overall health. The procedure can be done through a traditional, open surgery, or via a laparoscopic procedure, sometimes using robotic assistance.
At Unified Premier Women’s Care, you have access to gynecologists trained in the latest surgical tools and techniques. The practice uses the daVinci® surgical platform for hysterectomy procedures.
The daVinci system is a robotic-assisted surgical tool that delivers astounding results through a minimally invasive technique. A hysterectomy procedure requires just a few small incisions, minimizing bleeding and reducing recovery time.
Your certified doctor from Unified Premier Women’s Care performs the procedure at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.
What should I expect after my hysterectomy?
Your recovery process depends on the type of surgical procedure you have. In general, an open hysterectomy requires 6-8 weeks recovery, while laparoscopic procedures require only 2-3 weeks recovery. You’re encouraged to spend some time each day walking, but should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activities until healing is complete.
If you haven’t gone through menopause prior to your hysterectomy, that process will begin after your procedure. Working closely with your gynecologist can help you minimize any uncomfortable menopause symptoms.
On the positive side, a hysterectomy often ends pain and other symptoms that created the need for your procedure. Many women report a sense of relief and a more enjoyable connection to their body after a hysterectomy.
To learn more about how Unified Premier Women’s Care approaches hysterectomy, book a consultation at your earliest convenience.