When you have a gynecological condition that makes a hysterectomy necessary, seek the expertise of the team at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology. The board-certified OB/GYNs stay up-to-date with the most advanced surgical procedures, so you have the best surgical experience and recovery possible. Call the Atlanta, Georgia office for an appointment or schedule online today to learn more about your treatment options, including hysterectomy.

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What is involved in a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove your uterus and sometimes other surrounding organs.

The type of hysterectomy you undergo depends on your particular case and may include a:

Partial hysterectomy

A surgeon removes the upper part of your uterus during a partial hysterectomy but eaves your cervix in place. In some cases, the procedure involves the removal of the ovaries as well.

Total hysterectomy

During a total hysterectomy, the doctors surgically remove your entire uterus and cervix. The ovaries and Fallopian tubes may also be removed, depending on your situation.

Radical hysterectomy

You may need a radical hysterectomy if you have cervical or uterine cancer. During this surgery, the surgeon removes your uterus, cervix, tissue around the cervix, and part of the vagina. The doctors determine whether to remove your ovaries and Fallopian tubes, too.

Am I a candidate for a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy may be a solution to specific gynecological problems. Usually, the doctors recommend a hysterectomy only when conservative treatments fail to bring relief or resolution.

Conditions that may require a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cervical or uterine cancer
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Endometriosis
  • Irregular uterine bleeding

The doctors at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology review all of your options with you, so you’re fully informed about whether a hysterectomy is the best course of treatment for you.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

The doctors at KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology  perform hysterectomies at Emory University Hospital. They opt for the best surgical method for your condition, including:

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive technique that results in less pain, minimal scarring, and quick recovery. The surgery uses a laparoscope, a thin tube with a camera and light, and tiny instruments to complete the procedure. To access your organs, the doctors need only small incisions for minimal blood loss and risk of infection.

The surgeon may offer laparoscopic surgery as a single incision procedure, too. This approach hides the incision in your belly button, so there’s no scar, and you have less bleeding. This single-incision approach also reduces the chance of hernia formation.

Vaginal hysterectomy

A vaginal hysterectomy involves removing your uterus through the vagina. This procedure requires no incisions and requires a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery than an abdominal hysterectomy. Whether you’re a candidate for a vaginal hysterectomy depends on your uterus’ shape and size, the type of hysterectomy you’re having, and your general health.

Open hysterectomy

An open hysterectomy is a traditional surgery where the doctors make an incision in the lower abdomen to remove the uterus and any other reproductive organs.

To learn more about hysterectomy and whether it’s a viable treatment for you, call KEM Health Obstetrics & Gynecology or schedule an appointment online today.