Learn how and why doctors perform a hysterectomy.
Hysterectomies are a common surgery. In fact, the CDC estimates that 20 million US women have had a hysterectomy. This surgery, which removes the uterus, is recommended for women with uterine cancer, uterine prolapse, fibroids, cervical cancer, excessive bleeding and, in some cases, endometriosis.
Not every hysterectomy is the same. Depending on the medical situation that calls for the surgery, the cervix may be removed or retained. The ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed, and if both ovaries are removed, menopause will result. Talk to your doctor about treatments and therapies if you are having a hysterectomy that includes the removal of your ovaries.
Because a hysterectomy removes the uterus, women who have this surgery can no longer have children. If you are of childbearing age, this is a careful decision you and your doctor must make together. Surgeons recommend a hysterectomy if it is medically necessary and other options have been exhausted.
In the past, this surgery was usually done with a “bikini cut” incision in the lower abdomen. This type of surgery involved a hospital stay and lengthy recovery. Thanks to modern medical advancements, hysterectomies can now be performed via laparoscopic surgery. Surgeons may be also be assisted by robotic surgery technology, which uses tiny incisions and reduces recovery time, pain and scarring.
If you need a hysterectomy, St. Lucie Medical Center offers a robotic surgery option. In fact, we have the only da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System on the Treasure Coast. To learn more about this approach and its benefits, visit us online.