There are several instances in which a hysterectomy may become an appropriate treatment option for many women. As the surgical removal of a woman's uterus, a hysterectomy can help to reduce the symptoms of painful fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, and endometriosis. Through various advanced surgical techniques, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Robert Pearl performs both total and supracervical hysterectomy procedures for women in the Coral Springs, FL area. During a private consultation at our facility, Dr. Pearl can better explain your procedure and surgical technique options in order to help you decide which one may the best for you. To learn more and to schedule your consultation, contact our office.
There are several reasons in which you may need to have a hysterectomy. Just a few include problems with abnormal bleeding, fibroids (benign growth on the uterus also known as myomas), endometriosis, uterine or pelvic organ prolapse, or precancerous or cancerous cells. Depending on the reason for the procedure, different surgical approaches may be taken.
A total hysterectomy includes the removal of the uterus and cervix. This the most common type of hysterectomy.
A supracervical hysterectomy involves removing the uterus, but leaving the cervix. This may provide better support of the vagina and bladder. Some patients also believe the cervix is important for sexual satisfaction. If there has been no history of Pap smear abnormalities, the decision to keep the cervix is often based upon patient preference.
Depending on the patient's health, age, and the patient's desire, removal of the tubes and ovaries may also be recommended at the time of hysterectomy.
Studies show the manner in which the hysterectomy is done will impact hospital stay, post-operative pain, recovery time, and even your risk of complications. During your consultation, Dr. Pearl will discuss the various surgical options in order to evaluate which one is ideal for you and your needs.
An incision is made in the vagina through which the uterus is removed and then the incision is closed.
An abdominal hysterectomy (open surgery) is done through a large incision in the abdomen. The single, bikini style incision is usually large enough to fit the surgeon's hands to pass through and also allows the visualization of the uterus. Typically, patients will need to stay in the hospital for 2 – 3 days.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Using a few small incisions, long instruments are inserted through the abdomen, one of which is a small endoscopic camera. Images from the camera allow the uterus to be removed, replacing the need for a larger incision through which the surgeon's hands fit. The uterus can be removed through an incision that's made to separate the cervix from the vagina or instead through a single incision either in the navel or in the bikini line.
The surgery is enriched by augmenting the training and skill of the surgeon and transmitting it through the precision of state-of-the-art computerized movements while visualized with the clarity of HD technology. The surgeon will have a magnified view in a monitor to visually assist and the robotic hands to help control movements with the tools in the removal of your uterus. Once the uterus is out, your incisions will be closed, and you will be sent to recovery. You may be in the hospital for 1 – 2 days. Compared to a traditional hysterectomy, these method limits the amount of scarring on the skin and may reduce recovery time.
What to Expect
After a hysterectomy, you will no longer have a menstrual period or have the ability to become pregnant. In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed in addition to the uterus. If the ovaries are extracted, it will cause the body to enter menopause despite your age. We understand that surgery may not be for everyone, and we will educate you on all your treatment options before resorting to a partial or full hysterectomy. The recovery process and after effects may vary from patient to patient and can be dependent on which surgical technique was used during the procedure.
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A Healthier You
If you have been suffering from chronic abnormal bleeding during your menstrual cycle, pelvic pain, or extreme discomfort due to uterine fibroids, contact Pearl GYN Aesthetic Gynecology in Coral Springs, FL today to learn how the progression of options before and after a hysterectomy can improve your health. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Pearl is dedicated to helping you receive the care you need.