Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the uterus, and at times, may include the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Hysterectomy is utilized for both benign and cancerous diseases/conditions, and is the most common non-obstetrical surgical procedure for women in the United States.
Reasons for a Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy treats a number of conditions and diseases including:
- Chronic pain
- Heavy bleeding
- Pelvic floor prolapse
- Uterine and cervical cancers
Hysterectomies can be performed through a traditional open procedure or incision, vaginally, laparoscopically, or robotically.
There are three types of hysterectomy:
- Supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy – removal of the uterus only
- Total hysterectomy – removes the uterus and cervix
- Radical hysterectomy – may remove the uterus, cervix, plus the pelvic lymph nodes
At Hoag, our multidisciplinary team of board-certified gynecologic health experts includes gynecologists, urogynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists and other subspecialists who work together to provide a coordinated approach in the treatment of uterine fibroids, including the latest progressive treatment options personalized to meet the needs of the individual patient.
If surgery is necessary, Hoag’s expert team is well versed in the full gamut of minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery utilizing the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System.
For more information about the diagnosis and treatment of uterine fibroids, please speak with your physician, or click here to locate a Hoag-affiliated physician near you.
Hoag Advantage: Minimally Invasive Surgery
For women who are candidates, Hoag’s Gynecologic Robotic Surgery team is skilled in performing advanced robotic-assisted surgery utilized the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System.
Through smaller incisions the da Vinci® Surgical System provides physicians with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and Endowrist® technology, allowing for better dissection and restoration of the surgical anatomy. Due to these advanced features of the da Vinci® robot, patients experience many benefits over traditional approaches, including:
- Less post-operative pain and scarring
- Decreased blood loss and lower risk of blood transfusion
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal activities