Physicians For Women El Paso
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in El Paso, TX
About 500,000 women in the United States undergo a hysterectomy every year, making it the second most common surgery among women following cesarean sections. If you live in the area of El Paso, Texas, and suspect you might need a hysterectomy to remove your uterus, contact the practice of Physicians for Women El Paso. Call the office or book an appointment using the online agent.
Hysterectomy Q & A
Why would I consider a hysterectomy?
Women may need a hysterectomy for medical reasons. These include:
- Cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine fibroids that cause pain and excessive bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
Usually, a hysterectomy is only considered after less invasive treatments have failed to bring relief.
What are the types of hysterectomies?
The practitioners at Physicians for Women El Paso evaluate your condition to determine the type of hysterectomy that’s most likely to lead to your improved gynecological health. The types of hysterectomies that may be performed include:
During this procedure, the entire uterus and the cervix are removed, but the fallopian tubes and ovaries may stay intact. Sometimes, however, these organs are also removed.
This is also known as a subtotal or supracervical hysterectomy and involves removing just the upper part of the uterus. The cervix remains and the ovaries may or may not be removed.
This hysterectomy is most often used to treat cancer of the reproductive organs. During the procedure, the entire uterus, cervix, and tissue on both sides of the cervix are removed. The upper part of the vagina is also removed, but the fallopian tubes and ovaries may remain.
A hysterectomy is a major surgery and the type you have affects your outcome and recovery.
How is a vaginal hysterectomy performed?
During a vaginal hysterectomy, your surgeon from Physicians for Women El Paso makes a cut in your vagina. The uterus is removed through this incision. Once the incision is closed and healed, you have no visible scar.
This surgical technique offers a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than a conventional abdominal hysterectomy. Talk to the team to find out if a vaginal hysterectomy is an option for you.
What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique. For a laparoscopic hysterectomy, your doctor from Physicians for Women El Paso makes several small incisions in your abdomen and use very small instruments to remove your uterus. The result is faster recovery, less blood loss and risk of infection, and minimal scarring. Laparoscopic hysterectomies may also be performed through the vagina.
If you need to make difficult choices about hysterectomy, call Physicians for Women El Paso or book a consultation online to learn about your options.