Our obgyns perform laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomy procedures
Today’s hysterectomy is much different than the hysterectomy a woman’s mother or grandmother may have had. Most of the women our Round Rock obgyns treat are able to have a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
There are three types of hysterectomy
Our Round Rock obgyns perform three different types of hysterectomy, depending on the patient’s symptoms and issues.
- Total hysterectomy. During this procedure, our skilled obgyns remove the cervix and the entire uterus. The physician may also remove a woman’s ovaries and/or fallopian tubes.
- Partial hysterectomy. Also known as a subtotal or supracervical hysterectomy, this procedure involves removing the upper part of the uterus.
- Radical hysterectomy. Our Round Rock obgyns may recommend this procedure to remove the uterus and the structures surrounding it for women with cancer or other issues.
A minimally invasive hysterectomy offers faster recovery, fewer complications
Our Round Rock obgyns are trained in minimally invasive surgery. These state-of-the-art techniques provide several benefits for patients, including faster recovery, fewer complications and shorter hospital stays.
Vaginal hysterectomy. When our Round Rock obgyns perform a vaginal hysterectomy, they begin by making a small incision inside the vagina to access the uterus, eliminating the need for an abdominal incision. Structures that need to be removed are taken out through the vagina.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy. A laparoscopic hysterectomy can be performed vaginally or abdominally. During this procedure, our surgeons make a few small incisions about ½ inch long in the abdomen to access the uterus. They place the laparoscope, a thin instrument with a tiny camera attached, inside an incision. The camera transmits images to a screen, providing the surgeon with a clear view of the surgical field. The surgeon attaches surgical instruments to the laparoscope to perform the surgery.
What to expect during recovery
It usually takes three to four weeks to recover from a minimally invasive hysterectomy. Our Round Rock obgyns advise patients not to lift anything weighing 20 pounds or more, have vaginal intercourse or use tampons for six weeks after the procedure.
Sometimes, a traditional, open hysterectomy is the only way to treat a woman’s problems. Recovery from a traditional procedure takes six to eight weeks.
Complications can occur after any surgery. Women should call our Round Rock obgyns if they notice any of the symptoms listed below.
- Fever over 100°
- Bright red bleeding
- Severe vomiting or nausea
- Problems with urination – frequency or burning
- Increased pain
- Redness, swelling or drainage at the incision site.
Women who have problems that require a hysterectomy will appreciate the knowledge, experience and compassion our Round Rock obgyns and staff offer. Contact us to schedule an appointment.