Hysterectomy plays an important role in the treatment of several chronic and serious medical conditions. At Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology, we offer state-of-the-art, minimally invasive, same-day discharge laparoscopic hysterectomies, as well as “open incision” hysterectomies to ensure women in Shady Acres, Houston, Texas, get the most appropriate care based on their unique needs.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, and it can be performed for different reasons, including:
Laparoscopic hysterectomies are minimally invasive procedures that use very small incisions to access and remove the uterus. During the procedure, the doctor makes three very small incisions into the abdomen. A special instrument called a laparoscope is inserted into the abdominal space through one incision, and a tiny camera on the end of the scope sends back very detailed images of the surgical site to a monitor. Additional instruments are inserted and used to remove the uterus, and in some cases, the ovaries as well (a procedure called an oophorectomy). Laparoscopic hysterectomies take about an hour to perform, and most procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, which means patients return home the same day.
Studies show minimally invasive procedures like laparoscopic hysterectomies are associated with less tissue damage and bleeding, and therefore faster recoveries and less discomfort during recovery. The scars are also much smaller, and the risk of complications is much lower compared to traditional hysterectomies that use larger incisions. Faster recovery also means women are able to get back to their normal routines much more quickly following surgery.
While many hysterectomies can be performed laparoscopically, sometimes an open incision approach is better, especially in instances where cancer is present and additional surrounding tissue needs to be evaluated or removed. The doctor will be able to determine which approach is best based on the presurgical exams and evaluations.
At Houston Obstetrics & Gynecology, we are dedicated to our patients' health. We accept a variety of insurance providers to make sure that all of our patients are covered. If your insurance is not listed or if you have any questions, please call our office to see how we can partner with you.
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