Who Needs a Hysterectomy?
A laparoscopic hysterectomy can be an ideal option to treat several medical conditions, including:
- Endometriosis – a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing painful periods, excessive bleeding, and possible infertility.
- Fibroids – abnormal growths in the uterus that can cause severe abdominal pain.
- Uterine Polyps – growths attached to the inner wall of the uterus that can cause bleeding between menstrual periods and vaginal bleeding after menopause.
- Adenomyosis – a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus breaks through the muscle wall of the uterus.
- Cancer of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, or endometrium.
- Bleeding that is uncontrolled by hormones.
Benefits of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Traditional hysterectomies are done through a single large incision in the abdomen. Laparoscopic hysterectomies, on the other hand, are usually done through four small incisions at different, discreet points around the abdomen. Laparoscopic hysterectomy provides several unique benefits over traditional hysterectomy, including:
- Less postoperative pain
- Lower risk of complications
- Less time in the hospital
- Faster overall recovery
- Smaller, less-noticeable scars
- Faster return to work
Dr. Bradshaw-Whitear specializes in rapid recovery hysterectomy which helps her patients feel better and get back to work and normal activities sooner. Patients go home the same day the procedure is performed and are able to go back to work within one to two weeks.
Types of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
There are three types of laparoscopic hysterectomy. Depending on your needs, all or part of the uterus might be removed:
- Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy – the top portion of the uterus is removed. The cervix is left in place.
- Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – the entire uterus is removed, either through the vagina or small incisions in the abdomen. The ovaries and fallopian tubes are left in place.
- Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy with Removal of Ovaries – the uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed, most often through small incisions in the abdomen.
Dr. Bradshaw-Whitear has performed over a thousand hysterectomies in her career. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bradshaw-Whitear to learn more about laparoscopic hysterectomies and to find out if a laparoscopic hysterectomy is right for you.