What to Expect When You Have a Hysterectomy

Whether absolutely necessary or elective, here are some things to consider about hysterectomy.

Among U.S. women, hysterectomies are the second-most common form of surgery, after Caesarean sections. According to the National Women’s Health Network, your doctor might perform a hysterectomy for a number of crucial, life-saving medical reasons, including:

  • to treat invasive cancer in such parts of the body as the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, or ovaries
  • to address serious complications during childbirth, such as a ruptured uterus
  • to stop severe bleeding
  • to treat certain infections

Hysterectomies are also performed electively to treat symptoms related to such conditions as:

  • uterine leiomyoma (fibroid, non-cancerous tumors)
  • endometriosis
  • uterine prolapse

If you need a hysterectomy or choose to have one to treat a chronic condition, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • There are various types of surgery defined as hysterectomies, depending on what needs to be removed. Your particular surgery will dictate your recovery time.
  • Talk to your doctor about the risks and success rates of the surgery, and about any potential side effects.
  • Some hysterectomies can be performed on an outpatient basis.

One breakthrough in the performance of some hysterectomies is the use of the da Vinci Surgical System, also known as minimally invasive robotic surgery. A surgeon uses high-resolution 3-D video images, computer technology, and precise robotics to make incisions of just one or two centimeters (less than inch) and perform the operation. Some potential benefits for using da Vinci for a hysterectomy, compared to traditional open surgery or laparoscopy,  include:

  • less pain
  • less loss of blood
  • fewer complications during surgery
  • shorter hospital stay
  • faster recovery time
  • quicker return to normal activities

Woman’s Hospital is proud to offer the da Vinci Surgical System for hysterectomies and a variety of other operations. With more than two dozen surgeons trained to use it, Woman's Hospital performs more minimally invasive procedures than any other hospital in Mississippi.  For more information, click here.

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