Many gynecological conditions cause symptoms that women find difficult to live with. A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus and may be performed to alleviate life-altering symptoms. The team of women’s health experts at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, can talk to you about a hysterectomy and perform the procedure when needed. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at removing your uterus, also called the womb. After your hysterectomy, you can no longer bear children.
In addition to the uterus, the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness may also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes during your hysterectomy.
Why would I need a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a very common surgical procedure. It’s usually recommended as a treatment option for many gynecological conditions, such as:
Though common, a hysterectomy may not be the first recommended treatment for your gynecological condition. The procedure may only be recommended if medical treatments fail to alleviate your symptoms, and you have no future plans for pregnancy.
How is a hysterectomy performed?
There are many surgical techniques used to perform a hysterectomy. The experienced team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness determines the best surgical method for you based on your need for a hysterectomy, your medical and surgical history, and your overall health.
Hysterectomy surgical techniques include:
During a traditional hysterectomy, your provider at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness makes a large incision through your abdomen to remove your uterus. This is the most invasive surgical approach.
During a minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy, your provider makes a small incision in your abdomen and inserts a laparoscope to provide images of your uterus and reproductive organs. They then make additional small incisions to insert the surgical instruments needed to remove your uterus.
The robotic hysterectomy is an advanced minimally invasive procedure that combines laparoscopic surgical techniques with robotic technology. With a robotic hysterectomy, the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness performs your hysterectomy with precision and accuracy.
A vaginal hysterectomy is also a minimally invasive surgical approach. During the procedure, your provider makes a small incision through your vaginal wall to gain access to your uterus and remove it.
What can I expect after a hysterectomy?
Though recovery time varies depending on the surgical approach and your overall health, a hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure. The team may suggest you take some time off work to recover.
After a hysterectomy, many women experience a significant improvement in their quality of life due to relief from their gynecological symptoms.
To schedule a consultation with the women’s health experts to learn more about hysterectomy, call Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness or book online today.