Every year, approximately 600,000 American women have a hysterectomy. Though the thought of undergoing surgery may seem frightening, thanks to modern treatment techniques and anesthetics, there’s nothing to worry about. The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. in Corona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California, regularly performs hysterectomies to address an array of issues. If you’re interested in learning more, schedule a consultation by calling the office or requesting one using the online booking tool.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure designed to remove a woman’s uterus. In some cases, hysterectomy also involves the removal of your cervix or the top portion of your vagina. However, these more invasive steps are typically only necessary in the event of cancer.
The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. regularly recommends hysterectomies to address a variety of women’s health problems, including:
Your doctor might also recommend a hysterectomy if they detect cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer.
The team at Aspen Medical Group, Inc. offers both traditional open hysterectomies and minimally invasive options. Depending on your health history and goals for treatment, your doctor might recommend:
A vaginal hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that involves your doctor carefully making an incision in your vagina and removing your uterus through the incision. This type of surgery presents no visible scar.
A laparoscopic hysterectomy involves your doctor using a tool called a laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera. Your doctor makes a series of small incisions in your abdomen and then uses specially designed tools to remove your uterus. Surgery using a laparoscopic assistant requires less downtime and lowers your risk of complications.
An abdominal hysterectomy is an open surgery that involves your doctor making a large incision–between five and seven inches–either up and down or side to side, across your abdomen. Your doctor removes your uterus through this opening. Following an abdominal hysterectomy, you’ll need to spend between two to three days in the hospital.
Following your hysterectomy, your doctor provides you with a list of recovery instructions. For at least the first six weeks following your operation, you should abstain from sex and avoid lifting heavy objects. It’s also important that you attend all follow-up appointments.
If you’re wondering whether or not you can benefit from a hysterectomy, make an appointment at Aspen Medical Group, Inc., by calling the office, or requesting one using the online booking tool today.