Center for Women's Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in the areas of Sugar Land, TX & Richmond, TX
A hysterectomy can offer relief from painful conditions like endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and other gynecologic conditions. The skilled physicians at the Center for Women’s Health are experienced surgeons who perform minimally invasive hysterectomies to alleviate pain and restore health. The team provides outstanding women’s care at their offices in Sugar Land, and Richmond, Texas. Call the team today or schedule an appointment online.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a type of gynecologic surgery in which a woman’s uterus is removed. Usually, the uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes are removed together. The option of removing the ovaries depends on the indication for surgery, patient’s age, and risk factors for ovarian cancer or cysts.
Which conditions can a hysterectomy treat?
A hysterectomy is an option for several conditions when more conservative treatments have not been successful. Some of the conditions that a hysterectomy can address include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine polyps
- Uterine prolapse
- Abnormal bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
Your provider may also recommend a hysterectomy to treat ovarian, cervical, or uterine cancer.
How is a hysterectomy performed?
Depending on individual factors, your provider may recommend one of the following surgical methods to address your condition:
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed using just a few tiny incisions and slender surgical instruments, including a laparoscopic camera, a long thin tool that allows your surgeon to view the inside of your pelvis. Laparoscopy offers a shorter recovery and less pain during recovery than other methods.
A vaginal hysterectomy involves removing the uterus and other structures through the vaginal canal. No incisions are made in the torso. A vaginal hysterectomy offers the shortest recovery period of all methods; during this procedure repairs to the pelvic floor can be made to address bladder and rectal prolapse.
An abdominal hysterectomy requires an abdominal skin incision similar to a cesarean section scar or a bigger incision up and down on your abdomen. This surgical approach sometimes is needed due to a very large uterus, fibroids, large ovarian masses, or extensive surgical history.
The team of experts at the Center for Women’s Health has extensive experience performing all types of hysterectomies safely with minimal complications.
What is recovery like after a hysterectomy?
Depending on the surgical method, you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after your procedure.
You can expect to have some pain, bleeding, and discharge after your surgery; your provider may restrict your exercise and sexual activity for approximately six weeks to give your body a chance to heal fully.
The team at the Center for Women’s Health makes sure you have pain medication and clear instructions after your procedure so you will be comfortable during your recovery.
To learn more about hysterectomy options, call the Center for Women’s Health today, or make an appointment at the location nearest you using the online scheduler.
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