A new option for Hysterectomies
Hysterectomies generally are thought of in two ways: either being grateful that you won’t have any more periods or the trepidation of losing what were essential female reproductive organs. Whatever you’re feeling, chances are that if you and your doctor are considering a hysterectomy, it’s because it is a medically recommended. Thankfully, due to the advanced technology, including new gynecological surgery suites in the Firstenburg Tower and physician expertise, minimally invasive hysterectomies are a reality at PeaceHealth Southwest.
Today, a minimally invasive alternative to the more traditional total abdominal hysterectomy is available. Instead of a large, five-inch abdominal incision, the laparoscopic procedure requires several small, dime-sized incisions. Physicians at PeaceHealth Southwest can insert a laparoscope (miniature camera) into one tiny incision to see the abdomen and laparoscopic surgical tools through two other small incisions.
What are the benefits? For many women, laparoscopic hysterectomy is a viable option with significant benefits, including:
- Less scarring
- Less pain
- Lower risk of infection and bleeding
- Less recovery time
- More than one in four women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.
- The most common medical reasons for a hysterectomy include: benign fibroid tumors of the uterus, abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, genital prolapse, and chronic pelvic pain.
- Uterine cancer is a less common but equally important reason for a hysterectomy.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is just one of the options available. Women should talk with their doctor about the right treatment for them.