A hysterectomy is a surgery that is performed to remove a woman’s uterus. Once this surgery has been performed, the patient stops menstruation and can no longer become pregnant. In most cases, a total hysterectomy is performed, removing both the cervix and the uterus. Recent studies have shown little, if any, benefit to retaining the cervix. It is also recommended to remove the fallopian tubes at the time of hysterectomy, as this can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. A hysterectomy does not make you menopausal unless the ovaries are removed. This is a total hysterectomy.
Why Have a Hysterectomy?
The most common reasons why women undergo a hysterectomy are heavy periods, fibroids, pelvic pain caused by endometriosis, unsuccessfully treated pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), adenomyosis, prolapse of the uterus, cancer, obstetrical emergency.
What Hysterectomies Do We Perform?
At Modern Women’s Health, we perform primarily minimally invasive hysterectomies with the da Vinci robotic surgical system and laparoscopy, although rarely some patients will need a hysterectomy by an open incision. Dr. Jukes’s preference is always to perform minimally invasive approaches when appropriate.
In an open hysterectomy, a 6-12 inch incision is created in the lower abdomen and metal clamps are used to hold the abdomen open. The tissue will be cut and the ovarian blood vessels will be tied off so that the uterus can be removed. Once this has been done, the abdominal wall will be closed and the skin will be stitched or stapled.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy also removes the uterus, but is minimally invasive. A small incision is created within the navel, and a tiny camera is inserted. This allows the doctor to see the camera’s image on a large monitor in order to better perform the procedure.
da Vinci Surgical System Hysterectomy
da Vinci® hysterectomy is an incredibly effective technique for a hysterectomy, and is Dr. Jukes’s preferred minimally invasive option. The da Vinci surgical system allows the doctor to perform surgery with incredible precision by operating with robotic instruments from a console.
Only a few small incisions are used, which adds even more benefit for the patient because it results in less blood loss, pain, and scarring, as well as a quicker recovery. Dr. Jukes is one of the top robotic gynecological vaginal surgeons in the nation, and has performed countless procedures on the da Vinci surgical system.
Why Choose Modern Women’s Health?
If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned on this page and think you may be a good candidate for a hysterectomy, please contact us today so that we can help. Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Lisa Jukes has established one of the top gynecology and women’s practices in Texas with Modern Women’s Health, her always-evolving practice that stays on the cutting edge of science, research, and technology. Modern Women’s Health isn’t just a place where women get their Pap smear; it’s a modern and sophisticated environment where a woman’s every health need, wellness requirement, and aesthetic goal can be addressed.