A hysterectomy is the second-most common surgical procedure women undergo in the United States, preceded only by the cesarean section. Board-certified OB/GYN Carolyn Riley, MD, at CornerstoneMD in Dallas is a women’s health expert and can use several different surgical techniques to perform hysterectomies. To schedule a visit with a compassionate and caring physician if you live in North Texas, call the office or book an appointment online today.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of your uterus, which is the organ where a baby grows. Sometimes your ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed during your hysterectomy. Once your uterus is removed, you no longer menstruate and can no longer have children.
The hysterectomy is a very common surgical procedure, but it’s not usually the first recommended treatment for gynecological health issues. If you fail to get relief from your symptoms with more conservative measures and you have no future pregnancy plans, Dr. Riley may recommend a hysterectomy as treatment for your:
Dr. Riley reviews all of your medical options before she recommends a hysterectomy.
Dr. Riley is a skilled surgeon and can use many techniques to perform your hysterectomy. Some of the techniques she may use include:
An abdominal hysterectomy is the most traditional surgical procedure. During this type of hysterectomy, Dr. Riley makes incisions in your abdomen to remove your uterus.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. During your laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dr. Riley inserts a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera, through a tiny incision in your abdomen. She then makes a few more tiny incisions for her surgical instruments and uses the laparoscope to help guide her through the procedure for removal of your uterus.
During a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Riley can remove your uterus through a small incision in your vagina.
The technique Dr. Riley recommends can vary depending on why you need the surgery, as well as your medical history.
Recovery time following your hysterectomy depends on the type of procedure performed. You may have a faster recovery with less pain after a laparoscopic hysterectomy than an abdominal hysterectomy. But no matter the technique used for your hysterectomy, it’s still a major surgical procedure and recovery can take a few weeks.
If your ovaries were removed, you may experience menopausal symptoms, such as vaginal dryness, decreased libido, and hot flashes.
A hysterectomy is a major surgery but isn’t usually the first option to manage your gynecological condition. For a consultation with a kind and compassionate woman’s health expert, call CornerstoneMD or book an appointment online today.