The thought of needing surgery can be scary to most. We want our patients to know they are in the best care with our doctors at OBGYN Pavilion. We will inform you of the steps that will be taken before, during, and after the hysterectomy to provide you with the comfort of knowing what to expect.
A hysterectomy is not usually an emergency surgery, you will have the chance to speak with our doctors at OBGYN Pavilion about your options.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes a woman’s uterus or womb. It is likely for your doctor to remove the whole uterus and may also include the removal of the cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Why you may need a Hysterectomy
You may need a hysterectomy if you experience the following
- If you feel pain or heavy bleeding due to Uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in a woman’s uterus.
- Uterine prolapse, which is when the uterus slips down into the vagina. This can happen to women of any age.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, caused by unbalanced hormones, infections, fibroids, and cancer.
- Adenomyosis, which is when you feel pain and heavy bleeding from tissue growing inside the walls of the uterus instead of lining the uterus, how it belongs.
- Cancer of the cervix, uterus, or endometrium, If this is the case, it is best to speak with your doctor about the severity of your cancer and the several options available.
A hysterectomy can be performed in several ways. You may speak to any of our certified doctors at OBGYN Pavilion about the best option for you.
- Abdominal Hysterectomy – This procedure includes the removal of the uterus through an opening in your lower abdomen.
- Vaginal Hysterectomy – The removal of the uterus through the vagina
- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – This is the procedure of removing the uterus through a small incision made in the belly button with a tiny camera inserted to the belly button, and two or more small incisions could be made to in the lower abdomen.
- Robotic Hysterectomy – Is the removal of the uterus using a computer to control the tools used by the robot.
Different types of Hysterectomies:
- Total Hysterectomy – This procedure removed the whole uterus and cervix
- Partial Hysterectomy – This procedure only removes the upper part of the uterus with the cervix left alone in its place.
- Radical Hysterectomy – This procedure removes the cervix, uterus, and tissue fibers and can treat certain types of cervical cancer.
What to Expect After a hysterectomy
Expect to feel relieved from the problems that caused you to get a hysterectomy. It usually takes a few weeks to recover. You should have plenty or rest and avoid lifting heavy objects from 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery. Some women have said to feel a sense of loss after a hysterectomy, they feel depressed after losing the ability to have children. Menopause may occur or come earlier to women who have a hysterectomy. This is because your ovaries may be removed and you will no longer have periods after a hysterectomy. You may have a change in sexual feelings especially if the ovaries are removed. With a hysterectomy can come an increase in risk for other health problems, such as heart disease.
Recovery Time After Surgery
The usual recovery time includes:
- Abdominal surgery – 4 to 6 weeks to recover
- Vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery – 3 to 4 weeks to recover
Contact Our Doctor Today
We are devoted to providing a full range of gynecology services. If you would like to make an appointment for a Hysterectomy procedure Miami with one of our doctors at Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness, call us at (786) 615-6123.