Hysterectomy, or uterus removal, is a common surgical procedure for women with problems like treatment-resistant gynecologic cancer, uterine fibroids, and pelvic pain. At Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology, in offices in Alpharetta and Atlanta, Georgia, the compassionate board-certified surgeons understand your concerns, and they’re here to guide you through the procedure safely. Book your appointment online or call the office to schedule an exam today.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. There are several different kinds of hysterectomies, including:
A supracervical hysterectomy removes your upper uterus but leaves the uterine opening (the cervix) in place.
A total hysterectomy removes your whole uterus, including the cervix.
A radical hysterectomy removes not only your uterus and cervix but also a portion of your vagina.
Hysterectomies don't remove your ovaries or fallopian tubes; however, you may need another procedure at the same time as your hysterectomy. These may include ovary removal (oophorectomy), fallopian tube removal (salpingectomy), or a salpingo-oophorectomy to remove both the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.
The type of hysterectomy needed depends on the reason for the procedure. For example, spreading cancer usually requires the most extensive tissue removal.
Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology offers traditional hysterectomies, which feature one long incision, as well as laparoscopic hysterectomy, which features a series of several smaller incisions. The board-certified surgeons perform all hysterectomies at North Crescent Surgery Center in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Many women's health conditions respond very well to advanced nonsurgical approaches. For example, pelvic organ prolapse often improves with pelvic floor therapy, and other conditions may respond to oral medication.
A hysterectomy is typically only an option if you have a severe condition that doesn't improve with nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment approaches. Some of the cases where a hysterectomy may be necessary include:
A hysterectomy stops your menstrual periods and ends your ability to carry a baby. However, it's not a preferred method of birth control unless you have other medical issues that require a hysterectomy.
The only way that you’ll start menopause after a hysterectomy is either the natural way (through hormone changes as you age) or through ovary removal; a hysterectomy alone won’t cause you to enter menopause.
If you have a severe issue, like spreading gynecologic cancer, you may have ovary removal along with your hysterectomy. If you lose both ovaries, you’ll immediately go into menopause.
Recovery can vary with every woman. Typically, you’ll start walking very soon after your surgery. The Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology team provides individualized recovery guidelines to help you through this period comfortably.
While you must hold off on things like lifting heavy objects, sexual intercourse, and driving immediately after your surgery, most women can gradually return to normal activities in the weeks ahead.
Hysterectomy may significantly increase your quality of life if you suffer from chronic gynecologic issues. Learn more by calling Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology or book an appointment online today.