Hysterectomy Benefits for Your Health
Though many people have heard the term “hysterectomy” before, most assume that there is only one type and one method of this surgical procedure. The important thing is to understand what your needs are so that you can also understand the hysterectomy benefits that can be achieved by each type.
As you may well know, hysterectomy is a type of surgery that removes the uterus but generally leaves the ovaries intact. The most common reasons for a hysterectomy include:
- Treatment for Endometriosis
- Relieve Chronic Pelvic Pain or Vaginal Bleeding
- Reverse the Effects of Uterine Prolapse
- Remove Fibroid Tumors
- Treatment for Cancer
Fortunately for women who fear traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery has become a viable alternative. In fact, many specialists are taking advantage of these innovative procedures to offer their patients a solution that requires less recovery time, causes less trauma and allows greater accuracy and more effective results.
Depending on the specific conditions of our patients, we offer:
- da Vinci total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Da Vinci surgery is performed using a laparoscopic camera and robotic arms that the surgeon controls according to the images he views on a monitor during surgery. The da Vinci surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and recovery time is significantly reduced.
- Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, which is performed using only laparoscopic tools to separate the uterus from the cervix and remove the uterus through one of the small incisions that have been made in the abdomen. The need for annual Pap smears and cervical cancer screenings remains because the cervix is left in place. As with most minimally invasive procedures, this type of laparoscopic surgery generally requires a hospital stay of one day and allows the normal activity to be resumed in about two to six weeks after surgery. Most patients who have had a minimally invasive hysterectomy usually experience less pain and faster return to normal activity than patients who have had a total abdominal hysterectomy.
- Total abdominal hysterectomy. This is the most commonly performed hysterectomy and removes both the uterus as well as the cervix through a five-inch long incision made in the abdomen. Unfortunately, the procedure leaves behind a large, visible scar on the abdomen.
- Vaginal hysterectomy. This procedure is performed through an incision made at the top of the vagina. During surgery, both the uterus and the cervix are separated from the surrounding tissues so that they can be removed through the vagina. The procedure can take up to two hours to perform and usually requires a hospital stay of one to three days. Recovery time generally takes up to four weeks before normal activity can safely be resumed.
- Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy. Much like traditional vaginal hysterectomies, the uterus and cervix are removed through an incision at the top of the vagina. However, this type of hysterectomy is performed using a laparoscope and small surgical tools inserted through two small incisions to detach the uterus and remove it through the vagina. Unfortunately, hospital stays and recovery times for a vaginal, laparoscopic hysterectomy are similar to those for traditional vaginal hysterectomy.
A Change for the Better
Naturally, changes in the body are noticeable once the uterus has been removed. In cases where the ovaries are not removed, a hysterectomy will not affect the hormone functions controlled by the ovaries. Women whose ovaries are removed at the same time as the uterus, often experience hot flashes, lower libido, and mood changes because estrogen production has been affected by the removal of the ovaries, though these symptoms are generally relieved by hormone replacement therapy. Fertility is also affected, and women of childbearing age who undergo a hysterectomy will have to explore alternative options if they want children. To balance concern over these changes, it is important to bear in mind hysterectomy benefits that will change life for the better. Most women experience hysterectomy benefits including relief from the pain, pressure, or abnormal bleeding that comes from the condition that they have suffered for so long.
Eliminate the complication of pain from your life! Consult with the caring team of women’s health experts at Coyle Institute today!