Understanding 4 Different Types of Hysterectomy

Understanding 4 Different Types of Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgeries for women. It’s a procedure to remove all or part of your uterus and in some cases, other reproductive organs too.

Since hysterectomy removes your uterus, you aren’t able to get pregnant after the procedure. It’s a method of permanent birth control, but since it’s major surgery, doctors usually only recommend it to treat severe pelvic pain or dangerous gynecologic conditions like cancer.

Our team at ObGyne Birth Center for Natural Deliveries, led by Bola Sogade, MD, strives to provide compassionate, personalized care for each of our patients. We specialize in hysterectomy and offer four different surgical techniques to treat your condition and improve your well-being.

Types of hysterectomy surgical techniques

The reasons for undergoing a hysterectomy vary, and the decision to undergo surgery is often highly personal. We work with you to understand your needs and make a recommendation that’s right for you.

Our experienced surgical team performs hysterectomy using four different techniques:

1. Open (abdominal) hysterectomy

Abdominal hysterectomies make up more than 54% of all hysterectomies in the United States. It’s a traditional open surgical technique with an abdominal incision 5-8 inches long.

In this procedure, we make an incision across your abdomen and remove your uterus through the opening. This method is common for women who need their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed along with their uterus.

2. Laparoscopic hysterectomy

Laparoscopy is the first of three minimally invasive hysterectomy methods. Laparoscopic hysterectomy involves making a few small incisions in your abdomen to perform the surgery, instead of one long incision.

We insert a scope with a camera to view your reproductive organs. Then, we use specialized instruments to remove your uterus and surrounding tissues as needed. The incisions are small, which means scarring is less visible.

3. Robotic hysterectomy 

Like laparoscopic hysterectomy, robotic hysterectomy is minimally invasive. We use an advanced surgical console in the operating room to control robotic arms that perform your procedure through several small incisions.

Because robotic arms make each movement instead of human hands, robotic surgery is extremely precise. It minimizes trauma to surrounding tissue, and robotic hysterectomy offers some of the lowest risks and fastest recovery times of any surgical technique.

4. Vaginal hysterectomy

Vaginal hysterectomy is the least invasive method, because there’s no need for any incisions. Instead, we remove your uterus through your vaginal canal. This option is most common for women who have uterine prolapse or who need vaginal repair.

The right hysterectomy technique for you

If you need a hysterectomy, we’re here to answer your questions and help you understand your condition. We offer comprehensive exams to evaluate your treatment options and make the best choices for your health.

We recommend minimally invasive hysterectomy whenever possible, including laparoscopic, robotic, and vaginal hysterectomies. These methods minimize risks and recovery times, and they’re safe for most women.

No matter your needs, we partner with you so you can achieve your best possible health. Find out more about hysterectomy procedures with a consultation at ObGyne Birth Center for Natural Deliveries. Call our office in Forsyth, Georgia, at 478-772-3780 or book an appointment online.

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