Each year, about 500,000 women undergo hysterectomy surgery, making it the second-most common surgical procedure for women in the United States. At Women's Health of Manhattan, expert gynecological surgeons Jennifer Wu, MD, and Adam Romoff, MD, perform traditional and minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures. If you need a hysterectomy, call the office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or request an appointment online today.
A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes all or part of your uterus, also known as the womb. Your surgeon may remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes in the same procedure.
Your uterus is where a baby grows during pregnancy. After you get a hysterectomy, your menstrual period stops, and you can’t become pregnant.
A hysterectomy isn’t the first line of treatment for any gynecologic condition. Your Women's Health of Manhattan provider may recommend a hysterectomy if conservative treatments fail to provide adequate relief from the pain and symptoms of a condition, such as:
Hysterectomy may be the best treatment option for cancer or precancerous growths of the cervix, uterus, ovary, or endometrium.
There are many approaches to hysterectomy surgery. Depending on your specific needs, the surgeons at Women's Health of Manhattan may perform one of the following:
Also known as an open or traditional hysterectomy, this procedure involves removing your uterus through a large incision in your abdomen.
A vaginal hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery that uses a small incision in your vagina rather than a large one on your abdomen.
Laparoscopic surgery is also minimally invasive. Your surgeon uses a laparoscope, which is a lighted tube with a small camera, to get an up-close view of your pelvic organs without making a large incision. Your surgeon may use laparoscopy to perform a hysterectomy through small incisions in your abdomen or your vagina.
A hysterectomy is a major surgery, so you should plan on some downtime for recovery. The amount of time it takes to return to normal activities depends on your overall health and the type of procedure you undergo. A minimally-invasive vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy can take three to four weeks, while an open abdominal hysterectomy may take longer.
After you recover, you should experience relief from the symptoms that made a hysterectomy necessary.
You may also experience menopause symptoms and changes to your intimate life, such as vaginal dryness and a reduced interest in sex. If these symptoms bother you, hormone replacement therapy or vaginal rejuvenation can help.
For more information about hysterectomies, call Women's Health of Manhattan, or book an appointment online today.