Your doctor At Capital Women's Care says you need a hysterectomy because of your exceptionally heavy bleeding. Other treatments, such as endometrial ablation (to remove overgrowth of the lining of the uterus), have not worked. So surgery is your best option. Learn how your board-certified gynecologists, Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, Dr. Leslie Masiky and Dr. Adam Footer perform these procedures safely and successfully and the reasons for these tried and true surgeries.
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure which removes all of some of a women's reproductive organs, including her uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix. You and your physician will discuss in depth exactly what your surgery will involve and what follow-up care you will need.
Traditionally, this common surgery involved a large abdominal incision and lengthy hospital stay. Today, many (but not all) hysterectomies are same-day or next day surgeries involving no hospital stays or ones of short duration.
That's because hysterectomies may be performed laparoscopically with tiny instruments via very small incisions. Capital Women's Care offers innovative daVinci robotic surgeries. Your surgeon uses this amazing instrument to inspect and operate on pelvic organs with outstanding precision, minimal blood loss and tiny incisions. Additionally, some hysterectomies involve no abdominal incisions at all because the surgeon uses a transvaginal technique.
Reasons for hysterectomy
There are many, and one of the most common is uterine fibroids, reports the Illinois Department of Health. Fibroids are noncancerous growths involving the endometrium, or lining of the uterus. They cause pain and very heavy periods.
Another reason for a hysterectomy is cancer involving the uterus, ovaries or cervix.
Finally, your doctor may advise removing your uterus because of a condition known as prolapse. Common in post-menopausal women who have reduced estrogen levels, a prolapsed uterus actually moves from its normal position within the abdomen into the vagina. Resulting symptoms may include:
- Painful intercourse
- Difficulty with bowel movements
- Bladder infections
- Back pain
Your doctor will discuss both your pre-operative preparation, particulars of your surgery (including anesthesia) and what to expect during your recovery. Your questions and concern are valuable. So be sure to bring them up during your appointment.
If you have an upcoming hysterectomy, count on the expertise and compassionate that are hallmarks of Capital Women's Care. Call today for your consultation (301) 569-6301.