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“It’s my personal and professional belief that too many women have had unnecessary hysterectomies. Based on my experience, this is a last resort for me after all other options have been explored.”
-Dr. Steve Yu
Table of Contents:
What Is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that completely or partially removes the uterus. It does not involve removal of the ovaries. A hysterectomy can be performed as a treatment option for multiple conditions. Most commonly, hysterectomies are performed for uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths that typically develop during childbearing years. Hysterectomy can also be performed to treat adenomyosis, which is a uterine condition that often results in excessive bleeding and pain.
In Dr. Yu’s opinion, hysterectomy is rarely necessary due to other methods of surgically treating fibroids. Myomectomy (removal of fibroids) and the Acessa procedure (ablation of fibroids) are excellent treatment options for fibroids without removing the uterus.
Am I a Candidate for a Hysterectomy?
You may be a candidate for a hysterectomy if you are experiencing severe symptoms resulting from your uterine fibroids when all other options have failed. Many women have uterine fibroids but do not realize it because they show no symptoms. However, in some cases, women show extreme, uncomfortable symptoms that need immediate treatment. If your fibroids are large and cause severe bleeding and you are done having children, you may benefit from a total or partial hysterectomy.
Uterine Fibroid Symptoms Include:
- Heavy menstruation
- Painful menstruation
- Pain during sex
- Lower back pain
- Urinary frequency
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms as a result of uterine fibroids, schedule a consultation with Dr. Yu to determine if you can benefit from a hysterectomy.
Are There Different Types of Hysterectomies?
A hysterectomy may remove the entire uterus and cervix or just the uterus.
During a complete (total) hysterectomy, the whole uterus and cervix are removed.
During a partial hysterectomy, the uterus is removed, and the cervix is left intact.
What Surgical Techniques Are Used for a Hysterectomy?
If Dr. Yu determines that you are a candidate for a hysterectomy, the specific procedural technique for you will be based on your needs and the extent of your fibroids.
Hysterectomy options include:
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed using a laparoscope to remove the uterus. A small incision is made in the belly button, and a camera is inserted into the abdominal cavity. The camera allows Dr. Yu to have a better view of your uterus to know how to proceed with the removal. Other small incisions are made in the lower abdomen, where specialized instruments are inserted and used to remove the uterus. Once the uterus is removed, your incisions are closed.
Robotic surgery is a specific type of laparoscopic surgery. During a robotic hysterectomy, Dr. Yu uses a console to control the robotic arms to perform the same surgery as a laparoscopic surgery described above. The surgical procedure, surgical outcome, and incisions used are nearly identical to a laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Is A Hysterectomy Right For You?
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What Kind of Anesthesia Is Used for a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is generally performed using general anesthesia to ensure you do not feel any pain during the procedure.
How Long Does a Hysterectomy Take to Perform?
The length of your procedure depends on your past surgical history and the size of your uterus and fibroids. Generally, most laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomies take approximately one to two hours.
What Is the Recovery From a Hysterectomy Like?
Historically, recovery from a hysterectomy was extensive and painful. However, with a minimally invasive hysterectomy offered by Dr. Yu, recovery is much easier. You can return to work after one to two weeks if your job is not physically demanding. Your surgeon will let you know when it is safe to return to work.
You may experience soreness and pain in your abdomen. Prescription and over-the-counter pain medication can be taken as needed to manage the discomfort. You should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for at least four weeks following your procedure.
When Can I Have Sex After a Hysterectomy?
Resuming intercourse after a hysterectomy depends on the type of hysterectomy performed. After a partial hysterectomy (removal of only the uterus), you may have intercourse after two to three weeks if you are not in pain. However, after a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus and cervix), you should wait at least two months to have intercourse.
What Results Can I Expect After a Hysterectomy?
Most women are relieved of their fibroid symptoms immediately after their hysterectomy. Once your uterus has been removed with this procedure, you will not be able to get pregnant.
What Is the Cost of a Hysterectomy in Newport Beach?
The cost of a hysterectomy varies between patients depending on the techniques used and the type of hysterectomy being performed. Hysterectomy pricing also depends on surgeon fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and the location of the practice.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Yu to determine a more specific financial estimate for your hysterectomy.
Insurance may cover all or some of your hysterectomy. Contact your insurance company for specific details regarding your policy.
What Are the Risks Associated With a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a generally safe procedure. However, with any surgical procedure, risks are present. These risks include:
- Blood clots
- Anesthesia risks
Please speak with your surgeon if you are concerned about the risks associated with a hysterectomy.