Find out how hysterectomies have improved thanks to the latest surgery techniques.
Cesarean section childbirth is the most common surgery among women in the United States. Know what number two is? It’s a hysterectomy. But today’s hysterectomy is very different from hysterectomy procedures commonly performed during your mother’s and grandmother’s generations. Here’s a guide about what to expect and why today’s hysterectomy is different.
What kinds of hysterectomies are performed today?
A partial hysterectomy removes the upper part of the uterus. A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus and cervix. A radical hysterectomy, most often performed in cancer cases, removes the entire uterus, cervix and the upper portion of the vagina. And, depending on your specific circumstances, you may not be subject to a traditional surgical hysterectomy. Today’s technological advancements in the field of medicine allow for a much less invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy as well as robotic surgery.
What will my recovery be like?
Recovery time after a traditional hysterectomy can be as long as 6 weeks or so; recovery from a laparoscopic hysterectomy can take half that time. In the case of a robotic surgery, patients often experience:
- less pain
- less blood loss
- less scarring
- fewer complications
- a shorter hospital stay
- a lower chance of infection
After a hysterectomy, you should avoid heavy lifting and over exerting yourself for a period of time as specified by your doctor.
Will having a hysterectomy start menopause?
If your ovaries are removed as part of your hysterectomy, you will begin menopause. If your ovaries remain intact and you have not yet begun menopause, you may begin menopause earlier than the average age of 51. Talk with your doctor about how best to manage the symptoms of menopause.
Women’s health is an important concern at the Medical Center of Plano. For more information about today’s hysterectomy or to get a physician referral, visit the Medical Center of Plano’s Women’sLink™ or call 1-855-665-TMCP.