What’s a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation during which Dr. Obianwu at Alliance OB/GYN fully or partially removes the uterus. Hysterectomies treat diseases and conditions of the uterus, or conditions aggravated by the uterus, like:
- Uterine cancer
- Cervix cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Problematic uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
- The thickening of the uterus (adenomyosis)
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
How do doctors perform hysterectomies?
Dr. Obianwu performs hysterectomies using the robotic assistance of da Vinci® surgical technology. This technology gives him:
- 3D HD visual access inside the body
- Enhanced control and precision
- Wristed instruments with a much greater range of rotation than human arms.
Hysterectomies performed with da Vinci robotic technology are safer and more successful than traditional hysterectomies. They also produce less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, and faster recovery times.
What are the different types of hysterectomies?
There are a few different types of hysterectomies. These include:
Subtotal hysterectomies, also known as supracervical hysterectomies, are hysterectomies during which the doctor only removes the upper part of the uterus. In this scenario, they leave the cervix intact.
During a radical hysterectomy, the doctor removes the entire uterus. This includes the cervix, top of the vagina, and the tissue present on the side of the uterus. Usually, they only perform this type of surgery when they’re removing cancer.
During a total hysterectomy, the doctor removes the cervix and the entire uterus.
During an oophorectomy, doctors also remove the ovaries.
During a salpingectomy, doctors also remove the fallopian tubes.
Do I need a hysterectomy?
The choice of whether or not to have a hysterectomy is a weighty one that you can only decide with the help of your doctor. However, you may be a good candidate for a hysterectomy if:
- You have a uterine condition that’s causing you pain or complications
- You have cancer in the area
- You don’t want to have any or any more children
- You’re OK with entering menopause early
If you’ve been told or you believe that you need a hysterectomy, reach out to the team at Alliance OB/GYN. Because the idea of a hysterectomy can be scary, they’re there to support you before and after the procedure. Schedule a consultation today online or over the phone.
Hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus, is one of the options that the physicians at Alliance OBGYN Associates employ to treat diseases of the uterus.
Strides in research and technology have allowed Alliance OBGYN Associates to offer minimally invasive, day surgery procedures for hysterectomy, drastically reducing hospital and recovery time.
At Alliance OBGYN associates, we also offer alternatives to hysterectomy. These are minimally invasive, no incision procedures that can be performed in our office.
Patients in New Jersey rarely require emergency hysterectomies, so most of our patients have time to consider all of their options before moving forward.
Our physicians are experienced in all areas of hysterectomy and can help you make a careful, informed decision about whether a hysterectomy is indicated, the risks of the procedure, and the alternatives.