Sometimes, a hysterectomy is the best procedure to protect your health. The experienced OB/GYNs at Signature Women’s Healthcare in Lithonia and Lawrenceville, Georgia, provide hysterectomies using state-of-the-art surgical techniques. If you need a hysterectomy and are looking for an expert provider, call Signature Women’s Healthcare or schedule a consultation online today.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus. Physicians across the United States perform over 500,000 hysterectomies annually, making it the second most common surgery for women. The physicians at Signature Women’s Healthcare offer traditional open procedures as well as minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies.
There are three types of hysterectomies:
During a total hysterectomy, your doctor removes your uterus and cervix. Depending on your circumstances, they might also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
In a partial hysterectomy, your doctor removes your uterus but leaves your cervix in place. If necessary, they also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Your doctor removes your uterus, cervix, the upper parts of your vagina and the tissue that surrounds your cervix during a radical hysterectomy. Your doctor will recommend a radical hysterectomy if you have advanced cervical cancer. Depending on your condition, your doctor might also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
You might need a hysterectomy for several reasons. In most cases, the doctors at Signature Women’s Healthcare use hysterectomies as a last resort, when less invasive treatments have failed. Some of the conditions that could require a hysterectomy include:
Your doctor provides an extensive consultation before recommending a hysterectomy. In many cases, they offer alternative treatments before scheduling your surgery.
You are put under general anesthesia for a hysterectomy, so you’ll sleep painlessly throughout the procedure. While you’re asleep, your doctor either makes an incision in your lower abdomen or, if they’re using laparoscopy, several small incisions.
Using special surgical tools, they extract your uterus and other tissue as needed then close your incisions.
If you have a minimally invasive procedure, you might be able to go home when you recover from your anesthesia. You might need to spend a day or two recovering in the hospital if you have open surgery. Your doctor gives you customized aftercare instructions and medication to ease any discomfort.
If you’re looking for an expert OB/GYN with experience in performing hysterectomies, call Signature Women’s Healthcare or make an appointment online.