Intrauterine Device Specialist

GYN-CARE Women's Healthcare Center

Women's Health Center located in Atlanta, GA & Marietta, GA

If you’re suffering from a noncancerous reproductive system condition that interferes with enjoying a good quality of life, Eric Brown, MD at Gyn-Care in Atlantic Station, Atlanta can explain all your treatment options, including hysterectomy. Today’s hysterectomies are typically highly advanced robotic surgeries that minimize bleeding and downtime. Book your appointment at Gyn-Care through the online tool or by phone now.

Intrauterine Device Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgery in which your OB/GYN removes your uterus. A partial hysterectomy includes removal of just the uterus while a total hysterectomy includes removal of both uterus and cervix.

There are several different reasons that you could need a hysterectomy.

  • Severe endometriosis
  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Uncontrollable menstrual bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Prolapsed uterus, when the uterus sags into the vaginal canal

Because a hysterectomy ends your ability to carry a baby, your OB/GYN will typically recommend this surgery only in cases where you're done having children or when it's unavoidable.

Are ovaries removed in hysterectomy?

No. Hysterectomy includes only the removal of the uterus. However, some patients have ovary and/or fallopian tube removal at the same time as the hysterectomy if needed.

What are the different surgical options for hysterectomy?

There are several types of hysterectomy, including:

Open abdominal hysterectomy

Open surgery includes a large incision spanning the lower pelvic area. Although open abdominal surgery was once the most common type of hysterectomy, today's it's much less common thanks to other less-invasive options. However, in some cases, open hysterectomy may still be necessary, for example in the case of a very large uterus.

Laparoscopic surgery

In a laparoscopic surgery, your OB/GYN makes several small incisions around the navel. A miniature lighted camera and surgical instruments fit through these small holes. Your surgeon removes the uterus in pieces through these holes, and then places small stitches to close the incisions. Because it's much less invasive than open hysterectomy, recovery time with laparoscopic hysterectomy is quicker and easier.

Robotic hysterectomy

Robotic hysterectomy using the da VinciĀ® system is the most advanced and least-invasive hysterectomy option today. In a robotic hysterectomy, your surgeon controls a highly precise and extremely flexible robotic arm to perform the hysterectomy.

Robotic hysterectomy using da Vinci allows for better range of motion than laparoscopic surgery does, which makes it easier for your surgeon to be precise. The incisions are slightly bigger than those of a laparoscopic hysterectomy, but still very small when compared to open abdominal hysterectomy.

Recovery from robotic hysterectomy, as with laparoscopic hysterectomy, is much faster and easier than with open abdominal hysterectomy.

Your Gyn-Care OB/GYN will review the options with you, and then make a personalized recommendation.

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