What Is Hysterectomy?
A common type of surgery for women, a hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. In removing your uterus, you are no longer able to become pregnant. Before choosing Hysterectomy, however, Drs. Kimble will discuss with you alternatives, i.e., minimally invasive gynecological surgery for benign conditions, which may serve your needs better than hysterectomy.
Why Is the Procedure Done?
Hysterectomy is used to treat many women’s health conditions, including fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic support problems, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, gynecologic cancer, and more. Minimally invasive gynecological surgery for benign conditions may be an alternative to hysterectomy, which Drs. Kimble will discuss with you upon your visit. In fact, any questions you have will be addressed by these nationally recognized leaders in female health.
Are There Alternatives to Hysterectomy?
Depending on your specific condition, alternatives to a hysterectomy may be available. For benign conditions, minimally invasive gynecological surgery may be an alternative to hysterectomy, which Drs. Kimble will discuss with you upon your visit to the office in Southern California.
What Structures Are Removed During a Hysterectomy?
There are different types of hysterectomies:
- Total: The entire uterus, including the cervix, is removed.
- Supracervical (also called subtotal or partial): The upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left in place. This type of procedure can be performed laparoscopically or abdominally.
- Radical: This is a total hysterectomy that also includes removal of structures around the uterus. It may be recommended if cancer is diagnosed or suspected.
Please note, other organs besides the cervix and uterus may be removed during a total hysterectomy. For instance, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed if they are abnormal (e.g., affected by endometriosis).
How Is the Surgery Performed?
A hysterectomy can be done in different ways: through the vagina, through the abdomen, or with a laparoscopy. The choice will depend on why you are having the surgery and other factors. Sometimes, the decision is made after the surgery begins and the surgeon is able to see whether other problems are present.
Hysterectomy and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery in Southern California
At Women’s Center for Pelvic Wellness, expert urogynecologists Dr. Alexis May Kimble and Dr. David Kimble will determine your candidacy for hysterectomy. They will also discuss with you alternatives to hysterectomy, like minimally invasive gynecological surgery which you may prefer. Call the office at (626) 535-0832 or book an appointment using the form below to learn how this treatment may be right for you. When it comes to your body, trust the nationally recognized Kimbles to ensure you get the best care.