When heavy menstrual bleeding interferes with your normal activities, it can make your life miserable. If you’ve struggled to resolve this condition and no other treatments have been successful, you may need a hysterectomy. OB/GYN specialist, Marsha K. Howerton, MD, helps you make that decision and provides minimally invasive approaches. Call her office in Midtown, Tulsa, Oklahoma, today for information. Or book your appointment online for a consultation.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus or womb. Depending on the reason for removal, the surgeon could perform one of three basic types.
A subtotal hysterectomy removes only the uterus, while a total hysterectomy includes the cervix. Radical surgery involves removal of other surrounding organs and tissues in addition to the uterus and cervix.
Any hysterectomy results at the end of menstruation and the inability to bear children.
When other treatments have not relieved your symptoms, a hysterectomy might be necessary to resolve several conditions:
If testing reveals cancer, hysterectomy is nearly always part of your treatment.
Dr. Howerton informs you of your treatment choices so that you and she can make a joint decision.
If you do need a hysterectomy, Dr. Howerton opts for minimally invasive procedures when possible. To determine whether or not you are a good candidate, she evaluates your overall health and other factors, such as your weight or the presence of scar tissue from previous procedures.
A minimally invasive hysterectomy usually involves the use of a laparoscope, a tube with a lighted camera. During this surgery, Dr. Howerton inserts the scope and the other surgical instruments through small incisions in the belly or belly button. As an alternative, she removes your uterus through an incision made in the vagina.
Dr. Howerton also provides state-of-the-art technology with robot-assisted hysterectomy. In this procedure, she uses a laparoscope and a robotic system of surgical tools from outside of the body, while viewing the procedure on a three-dimensional screen.
With a minimally invasive procedure, you’ll recover in three to four weeks. You’ll experience less pain and scarring compared to abdominal surgery, and you’ll have a lower chance of infection.
With any hysterectomy, chances for complications are low, and, most likely, the surgery will relieve your symptoms. The Maine Woman’s Health Study reported that 71% of women who had hysterectomies experienced improved quality of life mentally, physically, and sexually.
Don’t let abnormal bleeding or pain interfere with your life any longer. Let Dr. Howerton evaluate your situation. Call or book an appointment online today.