Every year, over 600,000 women undergo a hysterectomy and 20 million women in the U.S. have had the uterus-removing procedure. There are many reasons why these women opt for a hysterectomy, from health concerns to birth control. At Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A., the expert medical staff offers minimally invasive hysterectomies to women in Beaumont, Texas.
Hysterectomy Q & A
In the simplest of terms, a hysterectomy is a procedure to remove your uterus. There are many types of hysterectomies, including:
A subtotal hysterectomy
The surgeon removes only the upper portion of your uterus, preserving your cervix.
A total hysterectomy
One of the doctors at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. removes your entire uterus, including your cervix.
A radical hysterectomy
During this procedure, the doctor removes your uterus, the tissue around your uterus, your cervix, and the top part of your vagina. This type of hysterectomy is typically reserved for cases where cancer is present.
As an adjunct to the hysterectomy, the doctor may also remove your ovaries and your fallopian tubes.
A hysterectomy is an irreversible procedure that effectively puts an end to your ability to have children, so the decision to undergo a hysterectomy shouldn’t be taken lightly. At Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A., the doctors may recommend a hysterectomy for the following:
- Persistent uterine fibroids that cause pain and bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Cancer of the uterus or neighboring cancers
The doctors typically only recommend a hysterectomy after they’ve exhausted all other treatment options.
The doctors at Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. use the latest surgical technology to perform most hysterectomies, including robotic surgery.
In robotic surgery, the doctor removes your uterus using an advanced system of surgical tools, which she maneuvers from outside your body. This robot-assisted procedure gives you the best of both worlds: technological precision that takes much of the guesswork out of the surgery alongside human experience.
With robotic surgery, the doctor controls the equipment and performs her work using a real-time 3D video feed. This enables her to view the area up close without having to resort to open surgery.
Robotic surgery offers several advantages, including:
- Minimal incisions
- Less downtime and risk of infection
- Real-time cameras
- Specialized equipment for precision work
If a hysterectomy may provide a solution to your gynecological problem, call Southeast Texas OB/GYN Associates, P.A. to learn about their advanced surgical techniques. Or, use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.