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Hysterectomy Alternatives & Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Premier Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetricians & Gynecologists & Physician Assistants located in Maitland, Oviedo, and Lake Mary, FL

When reproductive health concerns are severe, Premier Obstetrics and Gynecology can help patients by utilizing hysterectomies. For those throughout the Greater Metro Orlando area, our doctors can provide hysterectomy surgery to treat numerous conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, and abnormal bleeding. Patients can visit our offices in Maitland, Oviedo, or Lake Mary, Florida.

Hysterectomy Alternatives & Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy surgically removes the uterus. Hysterectomies are employed for several conditions which can include care for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, uterine prolapse, irregular and heavy bleeding, cancer, and thickening of the uterus. The reason a hysterectomy is needed will determine what type is performed. The only part of the uterus may need to be removed. The types of hysterectomies are:

  • Supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy - Only the upper portion of the uterus is removed, the cervix remains intact.
  • Total hysterectomy - Both uterus and the cervix are removed.
  • Radical hysterectomy - Typically only performed to treat cancer, this operation extracts the entire uterus, tissues on the side of the uterus, cervix, and the upper portion of the vagina.

During the procedure, the surgeon may also remove the ovaries. This is done when treating cancer or when the ovaries have been compromised.

What is laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery?

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is minimally-invasive and has fewer risks than an abdominal hysterectomy. Most hysterectomies at the practice are done laparoscopically. During the procedure, a small incision is made in the navel, and a tiny camera is inserted. The surgeon can view the inside of the body using the image from this camera which is displayed on a monitor. Two to three additional tiny incisions are made in the lower abdomen where specialized instruments will be inserted and used for the actual removal.

What alternatives to a hysterectomy are there?

Before a hysterectomy is performed the doctor may attempt to treat the condition using a different method. When fibroids are the concern, the doctor may use a myomectomy to remove the fibroids without removing the uterus or eliminate the fibroids using a technique to cut off blood flow to the fibroids. Endometrial ablation can be used when menorrhagia or heavy bleeding is the issue. This is done to remove the lining of the uterus. When uterine prolapse is the concern, a vaginal pessary can be used to hold the uterus in place. When treating endometriosis, the doctor will usually attempt more conservative treatment such as birth control pills to regulate hormones and reduce symptoms. In some instances, with all these conditions and more, a hysterectomy may be unavoidable.

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