Not too long ago, if you were told you needed a hysterectomy, it meant facing hours of open surgery, days in the hospital, and weeks — if not months — of recovery. Now, thanks to advancements in technology and surgical techniques, women have options.
At Signature Women’s Healthcare, we’re committed to providing women in Lawrenceville and Lithonia, Georgia with the best obstetric and gynecological care available. Jacquline Hayles-Patterson, MD and Tyndal M. Jones, MD offer minimally invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, to help you feel better, faster. That way you can get back to living your life sooner.
Read on to learn about minimally invasive hysterectomies and the benefits they bring!
What is a hysterectomy?
Both minimally invasive and traditional hysterectomies are surgeries that remove your uterus. Over 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year, making it the second-most common surgery for women.
There are different types of hysterectomies, some of which are more involved than others. Here’s a look at the three most common forms:
- Partial hysterectomy — removes the uterus but not the cervix
- Total hysterectomy — removes the cervix and the uterus; sometimes includes removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries
- Radical hysterectomies — typically used for treating cervical or uterine cancers; involves removing the uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, and sometimes part of the vagina, surrounding tissue, and lymph nodes
What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?
At Signature Women’s Healthcare, our doctors perform minimally invasive hysterectomies laparoscopically. Using a laparoscope, a tool outfitted with a camera to help the doctor see internal organs without large incisions, your doctor can remove your uterus and other organs minus the complications of traditional surgery.
Your doctor makes a small incision in your navel, through which she inserts the camera and surgical instruments. The camera on the laparoscope transmits an image of your organs to the monitor, and your doctor uses the images to guide her through the process of excising and removing the uterus through the same incision.
Benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy
In the past, women spent days in the hospital recovering from traditional hysterectomies and many more weeks recuperating at home. Much of the post-surgical pain and recovery time was due to the large incisions doctors made through the abdominal wall, and much recovery time was dedicated to muscle regrowth, not the removal of the uterus.
Minimally invasive hysterectomies not only have a faster recovery time, but they also bring many other benefits, including:
- Can be performed as an outpatient procedure
- Less time in surgery and under anesthesia
- Small incisions, which reduce the risk of bleeding complications
- Minimal scarring
- Less pain and discomfort after surgery
- Faster post-op recovery with an ability to return to work in 7-10 days
How do I know if minimally invasive hysterectomy is right for me?
A minimally invasive hysterectomy could be right for you if you’ve been struggling with gynecological issues that cause you significant pain and discomfort. The best way to learn more is to discuss your symptoms with a trained medical professional, like the team at Signature Women’s Healthcare.
Not all women are candidates for a minimally invasive hysterectomy. Your provider at Signature Women’s Healthcare reviews your medical history and performs a comprehensive exam with any diagnostic imaging or labs necessary to provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan for your specific needs.
To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy and find out if you’re a good candidate, call Signature Women’s Healthcare at either of our locations or book an appointment online now!