Some women benefit from hysterectomy surgery for many reasons, the chief one being that some gynecological conditions cause pain and bleeding that is so debilitating, a hysterectomy is the best chance of relief. At Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health in Placer County, California, board-certified physician James S. Dunn, Jr. MD, explores every treatment and therapy for your symptoms before considering a hysterectomy. He takes a conservative approach to surgery, utilizing the least invasive methods for good results with minimal pain and downtime. Call or click to schedule an appointment today.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus. A partial hysterectomy removes the uterus while leaving the cervix intact. A total hysterectomy removes the uterus and cervix. Depending on the reason for your procedure, Dr. Dunn in some cases might also remove your ovaries and/or fallopian tubes. After a hysterectomy, you can no longer become pregnant.
Dr. Dunn recommends a hysterectomy for women with a variety of gynecological conditions. Some of those include:
Displaced endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus, causing cysts, bleeding, and pain.
Hysterectomy stops excessive bleeding related to a number of gynecological conditions.
These benign growths in or on a women’s uterus often cause pain and heavy bleeding.
When the pelvic floor muscles are weakened by age or childbirth, the uterus can drop down into the vagina causing a variety of intrusive symptoms.
Hysterectomy surgery might also be recommended for women with some precancerous conditions or cancers of the female reproductive organs.
Hysterectomy surgery has evolved tremendously over the past few decades. Like most other types of surgery, advancements in medical technology make the procedure less invasive than it once was.
If you are a suitable candidate for laparoscopic surgery, your provider inserts a tiny scope and surgical tools through a small incision in your abdomen or vagina and removes your uterus through this incision.
Laparoscopic surgery offers great results with minimal pain, scarring, and downtime. After surgery, Dr. Dunn asks you to rest and refrain from your regular activities for a bit. While you can get up and move around right after surgery, you should not lift heavy objects, have intercourse, or engage in intense physical activity for several weeks.
Because hysterectomy ends your chances of getting pregnant and puts you into menopause, Dr. Dunn discusses the risks, alternatives, and benefits to this procedure to help you make the right decision for your lifestyle and health goals.
If nothing has worked to relieve your pain and bleeding, hysterectomy could be the right option for you. Make your appointment online or call the office to get started today.