While hysterectomy is not as common a procedure as it once was, there are still circumstances where this approach offers the best treatment path. Lynette W. Tsai, MD, and Monique Leung, MD, of Oahu OB/GYN in Honolulu and Kapolei, Hawaii, offer the latest hysterectomy tools and techniques to achieve excellent outcomes. If you have questions or concerns about this women’s health procedure, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. There are several types of hysterectomy, each of which serves a distinct set of needs. The options include:
This procedure removes your entire uterus and your cervix.
This procedure removes only the upper portion of your uterus but leaves your cervix in place.
This procedure removes your entire uterus as well as additional structures surrounding the uterus, like your cervix or fallopian tubes. This approach is usually reserved for treating aggressive cancers.
Your specialist at Oahu OB/GYN discusses which type of hysterectomy is right for you. You receive all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
Some hysterectomy procedures require an open abdominal surgical approach that involves a 5-7 inch incision across your belly. Very often, however, a less invasive laparoscopic surgical technique can be used to complete your hysterectomy.
Your Oahu OB/GYN gynecologist can perform a hysterectomy laparoscopically using the da Vinci Xi® surgical system. This robotic-assisted technique uses a thin tube equipped with a tiny light and camera to gather and project images to an external screen. Your doctor uses special surgical tools to complete the procedure with only a few small incisions.
Another minimally invasive option is a vaginal hysterectomy. This approach involves accessing the uterus through your vagina. A medical device similar to the speculum used during your pelvic exams keeps your vagina and cervix open to allow your doctor to complete the procedure. They remove all excised tissue through your vagina, so there are no incisions at all.
Most hysterectomies are an outpatient procedure, and you go home the same day. You need someone to drive you home and help out for a day or two.
Your body will go through a period of healing after your procedure, and your Oahu OB/GYN doctor provides guidance on how to care for your body and reduce the risk of infection. If your hysterectomy includes removal of your ovaries, your body will enter menopause.
If you experience menopause symptoms, there are treatments that can help, such as hormone replacement therapy. Your doctor monitors your healing progress and helps you determine if you need menopause care in the months and years following your hysterectomy.
To learn more about hysterectomy, call Oahu OB/GYN or book an appointment online at your earliest convenience.