Approximately 500,000 women in the United States need a hysterectomy each year. If you’re among this group, trust the providers at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta to recommend this surgery and perform it expertly. Women who live in Woodstock and Marietta, Georgia, can call the office or schedule an appointment online to learn more about hysterectomy as a treatment option.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which your diseased or dysfunctional uterus or womb is removed. In some cases, the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix are also extracted. The procedure is customized to match your condition and health needs.
The doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta may recommend one of three different types of hysterectomies to take care of your condition. These include:
A partial hysterectomy involves removing just the upper portion of your uterus, but doesn’t remove your cervix. The ovaries may or may not be removed during this procedure.
When you need removal of your entire uterus, including your cervix, you undergo a total hysterectomy. Sometimes your fallopian tubes and ovaries are also removed.
During a radical hysterectomy, your uterus, cervix, tissue surrounding the cervix and upper portion of the vagina are removed. Depending on your case, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed.
To find relief from certain gynecological conditions, a hysterectomy may be the only viable course of treatment. Usually, it’s recommended only after more conservative treatments have failed. Conditions that may require a hysterectomy include:
Discuss your symptoms and treatment options with the doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta to determine if a hysterectomy is indeed right for you.
A hysterectomy is usually performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques. With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, you’ll experience faster recovery, less blood loss, reduced scarring, and less pain than you might with conventional open surgery.
During minimally invasive surgery, the doctors make just a few small incisions in your abdominal and lower pelvic area. A thin tube with a lighted camera magnifies the area and small instruments are also inserted to perform the procedure. In some cases, a hysterectomy will be performed with a vaginal approach.
Most women spend one night in the hospital following a hysterectomy. You need about six weeks to fully recover. The doctors at OB-GYN Associates of Marietta offer a comprehensive postsurgical treatment plan so you understand your self-care instructions and activity restrictions.
To learn more about hysterectomy as a treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online.