Hysterectomy

Minimally-Invasive Hysterectomy

Hysterectomies can be recommended for different reasons. The medical team at Women's Medical Care has extensive experience performing minimally-invasive hysterectomies using the most advanced techniques for optimal results in women from Prescott and Prescott Valley, AZ.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a minimally-invasive hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus or the uterus and cervix. Traditionally, hysterectomies have been performed using large incisions to access the uterus through the abdominal wall. But today, minimally-invasive techniques are available which use very small incisions through the skin or even incisions made inside the vaginal canal, eliminating the need for incisions on the outside of the body.

What are the advantages of a minimally-invasive hysterectomy?

Minimally-invasive procedures are typically associated with shorter hospital stays, faster recoveries, and less pain, swelling and bleeding during recovery, and minimally-invasive hysterectomies are no exception. Recovery following a minimally-invasive hysterectomy takes about two weeks compared to about six weeks for a traditional hysterectomy, and women report much less discomfort during healing. Plus, they can return to their normal activities much sooner compared to those who have traditional procedures.

How is a minimally-invasive hysterectomy performed?

Minimally-invasive hysterectomies use special instruments called laparoscopes to access the uterus through small incisions. The laparoscope has a tiny camera on the end which is used to assess the surgical site and to guide the surgeon while the surgery is performed. Special surgical instruments designed to be used through small “keyhole” incisions are also used. Once the surgery is complete, the incision is sealed using small sutures and, for some external incisions, bandages may be placed on the incision sites. A hysterectomy is performed under general anesthesia and typically requires a one-night hospital stay. In some cases, the ovaries may also be removed in a procedure called an oophorectomy.

Can all hysterectomies be performed using minimally-invasive techniques?

No; while a minimally-invasive hysterectomy can be a great choice for many women, sometimes a traditional approach is preferred, such as when a hysterectomy is being performed because of cancer. Using a larger incision enables the surgeon to evaluate the area surrounding the uterus to ensure all of the tumors has been removed.