The Woman’s Center
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery located in Mesa, AZ and serving the greater Phoenix, AZ area.
Whether you need a hysterectomy to treat uterine fibroids, prolapse, or another condition, you deserve to have access to the best care. The Woman’s Center is dedicated to providing it. Ryan Stratford, MD, MBA, FACOG, Kelly Kantartzis, MD, MS, FACOG, Peter Jeppson, MD, FACOG and the team of caring medical professionals at the Phoenix-area practice work together to give you the best hysterectomy experience possible. Learn more by calling their Mesa, Arizona, office or scheduling your appointment online.
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. There are multiple types of hysterectomies:
During this type of hysterectomy, only the upper part of your uterus is removed. Your cervix is unaffected.
In a total hysterectomy, both your uterus and cervix are removed. A total hysterectomy does not mean that your ovaries are removed.
Why would I need a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that’s effective in treating a wide range of conditions, including:
- Uterine fibroids
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine prolapse
- Heavy vaginal bleeding
How is a hysterectomy performed?
Traditionally, hysterectomies were performed via a sizable cut in your abdomen. At The Woman’s Center, the team of urogynecologists use the latest in surgical advancements to minimize the invasiveness of your procedure, likewise minimizing your post-op pain and scarring and speeding your healing.
Specifically, they offer both laparoscopic, robotic, and vaginal hysterectomies.
During this type of hysterectomy, your urogynecologist surgeon at The Woman’s Center makes very small incisions either on your abdomen or your vagina.
Then, they enter the surgery site using a laparoscope, a long, thin device with a camera on the end. This allows them to perform the surgery through extremely small incisions rather than having to open up the surgery site fully.
To further minimize the invasiveness of your hysterectomy, The Woman’s Center uses a thin robotic arm to perform the surgery.
Because laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomies require only very small incisions, you have minimal scarring and experience faster healing.
Probably the least invasive hysterectomy of them all is a vaginal hysterectomy. The surgeon does not need to make any incisions on the abdomen and is able to remove the uterus entirely through the vagina, leaving no external scars and reducing post-operative pain.
What should I expect after a hysterectomy?
Your recovery time depends on the number and size of incisions that are required for your specific hysterectomy.
Commonly, the specialty-trained surgeons at The Woman’s Center will repair prolapse at the same time as your hysterectomy so that you don’t have to have future surgery to correct a prolapse.
After your hysterectomy, The Woman’s Center provides you with detailed recovery instructions and guidelines that help you heal fully and quickly. They even use the most current pre-surgery preparation and anesthesia that allows you to go home the same day as your surgery. Most women return to their normal daily routine within 2-3 weeks.
To learn more about your hysterectomy options, call The Woman’s Center or schedule your appointment online.
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