As many as 500,000 American women will need a hysterectomy this year. At Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC Lindsay Killingsworth, MD, Courtney Middleton, MD, and Gretchen Troxler, MD, evaluate whether this surgical procedure is the right course of treatment for you. If it is, they provide support before, during, and after the hysterectomy. Call the office in Johns Creek of Suwanee, Georgia, or schedule an appointment online to learn about this option and decide if it is the best treatment for your symptoms.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus, or womb. Some women may have their ovaries, cervix, and fallopian tubes removed as well.
Your particular case determines the type and extensiveness of the procedure. You may undergo one of several types:
The doctors remove the upper part of the uterus and leave the cervix in place. Some cases require that the ovaries are removed as well.
This procedure involves the removal of the entire uterus and cervix. The ovaries and fallopian tubes may or may not be removed.
This extensive procedure involves the removal of the uterus, cervix, tissue around the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina. The ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed. Your physician may recommend this procedure in cases of uterine or cervical cancer.
Your doctors at Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC may recommend a hysterectomy when conservative treatments fail to resolve certain gynecological conditions. Specific issues that may require a hysterectomy include:
The doctors explore all treatment options with you before recommending a hysterectomy. They ensure you’re educated on what to expect with the procedure and how it affects your life going forward.
Whenever possible, Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Middleton, and Dr. Troxler recommend minimally invasive surgical techniques to remove your uterus. Laparoscopic techniques result in less pain during recovery, reduced scarring, faster healing, and reduced blood loss. A minimally invasive strategy means as few incisions as possible and a shorter hospital stay.
Depending on your particular case, the doctors may recommend an abdominal or vaginal approach to perform the procedure.
Most women spend one night in the hospital after the procedure. Though every woman is different, it usually takes about six weeks to recover and be able to return to all normal functions. Women with desk jobs may return to work sooner than those with more active duties.
You may need to modify your routine exercise, driving, and chores for much of your healing time. The doctors and team at Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC talk to you about what to expect in the weeks following your procedure.
If you have symptoms that are treatable with hysterectomy, call Inspire Ob/Gyn, LLC or schedule an appointment online.