Hysterectomy Surgery Options and What's Best For You

Many benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system. Common benign conditions including fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and pelvic prolapse, among others, can cause many different symptoms or no symptoms at all. Some of the more common symptoms may include: pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, fatigue, unusual bloating, pain during intercourse, and infertility. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest medicine, lifestyle changes, or surgery. Surgical options will depend on your exact condition, symptoms, and overall health.

If appropriate, your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy. There are different ways to perform a hysterectomy, and you should discuss all options with your doctor. 

Hysterectomy methods include: 

  • Vaginal Hysterectomy
    • A vaginal hysterectomy is done through a cut in your vagina. The surgeon operates through this incision and closes it with stitches.
  • Abdominal Hysterectomy
    • During an abdominal hysterectomy (open surgery), your uterus is removed through a large open incision. The incision must be large enough for your surgeon’s hands to fit inside your body and see your organs. 
  • Laparoscopy
    • aparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive. With traditional laparoscopy, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions using long instruments and a tiny camera to guide doctors during surgery. 

Doctors Strebel, Grolle, and Perez can also offer an even less invasive method of hysterectomy done with the da Vinci surgical robot.

  • Single-Site/Single Incision: Your uterus can also be removed through a small incision in your belly button using single-incision traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery. 
    • With da Vinci Single-Site Surgery, doctors remove your uterus and possibly your ovaries and fallopian tubes through your belly button using state-of-the-art instruments.
    • Patients who choose da Vinci Single-Site Surgery experience virtually scar-free results.

Da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits:

  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of converting to traditional laparoscopy and open surgery
  • Low rate of complications
  • Short hospital stay
  • Small incision for virtually scar-free results

If hysterectomy has been suggested as a treatment for you, talk to Doctors Strebel, Grolle, or Perez about your options at your next appointment. They can help you choose the best type of surgery for you.