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CONSIDERING HYSTERECTOMY?

DISCOVER ALL the OPTIONS

One in every 3 women will have a hysterectomy and most will experience a prolonged recovery. Approximately 2 out of 3 of these women will undergo the traditional invasive form of the procedure, which can result in a prolonged recovery and leave a visible scar.

Now there are minimally invasive surgical options that can reduce scarring and shorten recovery time by weeks. Dr. Michael Sharon is offering women minimally invasive hysterectomy options. Minimally invasive hysterectomies were developed to shorten recover, reduce pain and complications, and minimize scarring. Women should discuss their treatment and recovery goals with their gynecologist when preparing to undergo a hysterectomy and ask if minimally invasive surgery would be an option.

The majority of gynecologists still perform traditional open hysterectomies, which involves removing the uterus and cervix through a “bikini cut” on the abdomen that can leave a noticeable scar. Minimally invasive hysterectomies – including vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy result in quicker recoveries, fewer complications, less pain and scarring, and possibly a shorter hospital stay and a shorter recovery period.

With the vaginal hysterectomy the cervix and uterus are removed through and incision deep in the vagina. The laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy is similar to the vaginal approach but requires laparoscopic skills and instruments. The minimally invasive laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy is a recently developed surgical technique. The procedure uses a laparoscope, and a fiber optic instrument that is inserted into the abdomen through a very small incision. The laparoscope allows the physician to examine the inside of the abdomen and guide the surgical procedure while removing the uterus but leaving the cervix intact. The small incisions for a laparoscopic procedure are typically made in the navel and/or on the abdomen.

Women need to be informed so they will know to ask about minimally invasive options. A woman who is a candidate for a hysterectomy should discuss all surgical options with her physician.