Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It commonly involves the removal of the cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes as well. Hysterectomy results in the inability to become pregnant in the future (sterility). A hysterectomy may be performed with an abdominal incision, vaginally, or through the use of laparoscopy.
Abdominal Hysterectomy is done through an abdominal incision and usually is associated with a hospital stay for 2-3 days. This type of hysterectomy may be chosen if the uterus is too big or because of fibroids or if the patient has history of multiple prior surgeries.
Vaginal Hysterectomy is done using only vaginal incisions. This technique is often used in cases of uterine prolapse or when vaginal repairs are necessary.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy is done through four small incisions in the abdomen using a camera and long slender surgical instruments.
The Advanced OB/Gyn physicians are well trained in all surgical methods of hysterectomy and you can further discuss which method is best for you at 713-465-5966.