Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Specialist
If you need to have a hysterectomy, you may want to consider having it done laparoscopically, which is less painful and invasive than traditional hysterectomies. As a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, Dr. Darren R. Tate, OB/GYN with Fort Worth Female Health Associates in Fort Worth, Texas, has extensive experience in the field of laparoscopic hysterectomies.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your uterus to alleviate health problems. Your ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed during the procedure if, for example, your family has a history of ovarian cancer.

 

Dr. Tate will discuss the procedure with you and recommend the scope of removal based on your condition and history.

What are the reasons for a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is an irreversible procedure that permanently ends your ability to have children, so the decision to undergo a hysterectomy should not be taken lightly. If your ovaries are also removed, you will immediately enter menopause, which may influence your decision-making about the scope of the procedure. If you have any of the following painful conditions, however, there may be no alternative:

 

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Endometriosis
  • Severe vaginal bleeding
  • Chronic pain in the pelvis

 

In addition, if you have uterine or cervical cancer, Dr. Tate may recommend a hysterectomy.

Ultimately, a hysterectomy may provide a huge improvement in your quality of life for you if you have any of the these conditions, which are typically characterized by moderate to severe pain and heavy bleeding. The goal of a hysterectomy is to put a stop to these symptoms.

What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

A laparoscopic procedure is minimally invasive because it is performed through small incisions using thin instruments and a tiny video camera.

Traditionally, hysterectomies are performed through a large abdominal incision and involve a painful six-week recovery period. With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the recovery time is usually around two weeks and only small incisions are made in your abdomen or navel area.

If you qualify for a vaginal hysterectomy, the doctor performs the procedure through your vagina without making any incisions. To qualify, you must have:

 

  • A small uterus
  • Small fibroids
  • No history of cesarean sections

 To find out whether a laparoscopic hysterectomy is a good option for you, make an appointment with at Fort Worth Female Health Associates to discuss your case.

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