Considering a Hysterectomy? Here Are a Few Things You Need to Know

A hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries for women in the United States — about 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides many guidelines to help practitioners determine when hysterectomies are appropriate and when a wait-and-see approach is best. 

Because a hysterectomy can be used to treat several conditions — including painful uterine fibroids — Dr. Patricia Brougher and our experienced staff at Bluebonnet OB/GYN are happy to offer minimally invasive robotic hysterectomy so you can get relief. 

Before you arrive for your hysterectomy consultation, however, there are a few things you need to know.

When to consider a hysterectomy 

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of some or all female reproductive organs. Depending on your specific condition, Dr. Brougher can recommend the type of hysterectomy most suited to your needs.

According to the ACOG, the radical hysterectomy is often suggested if cancer is present. Cancer is not the only reason a woman may consider a hysterectomy, however. You might benefit from a hysterectomy if you have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, and heavy or uncontrollable vagingal bleeding.

Hysterectomies can be minimally invasive … 

Traditionally, hysterectomies are performed as an open abdominal surgery and involve incisions across the abdomen. While effective, abdominal surgeries tend to be more painful, increase the risk of bleeding, and take longer to heal.

At Bluebonnet OB/GYN, we use the da Vinci® robotic-assisted system, which means your hysterectomy can be performed as a minimally invasive procedure with maximum precision and control. This means less bleeding, smaller incisions, and faster recovery.

… But they do end your fertility 

Even a minimally invasive surgery isn’t something you can decide on quickly. A hysterectomy is a major surgery that essentially ends your ability to conceive and carry a baby. If you’re already in menopause, this isn’t an issue.

However, if you’re still in your child-bearing years and want to have more children, it’s important to consider these implications before you have a hysterectomy. You may opt for other treatments — such as a myomectomy to remove fibroids — until your family is complete.

At Bluebonnet OB/GYN, we’re happy to provide comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care. If you’re considering a hysterectomy, schedule an appointment at our office in San Antonio, Texas, by calling 210-686-6171.

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