Hysterectomy Surgery

Hysterectomy Surgery

Hysterectomy at NGPG

With a comprehensive gynecological surgery program and a specialized provider in pelvic health and reconstructive surgery, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group offers a high-level of expertise in the conditions that can create a need for a hysterectomy, as well as the surgery itself. 

While hysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women in America, choosing a surgeon with extensive experience can make a difference on longterm outcomes for your surgery. Hysterectomy can significantly improve symptoms for any number of conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and other conditions, and choosing the right program can make all the difference in your recovery and longterm outcomes. 

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a gynecological surgery to remove the uterus. The uterus is the area within a woman’s body where a baby grows when she is pregnant. During a hysterectomy, your doctor will remove your entire uterus. In some cases, your doctor will also remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix. After a hysterectomy, you will no longer have a menstrual period and will be unable to get pregnant.

Who is a candidate for a hysterectomy?

Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Fibroids (Non-cancerous tumors of the uterus)
  • Endometriosis - This is a pelvic condition where the uterine lining grows outside the uterine cavity causing pain.
  • Uterine prolapse - This is a condition that occurs when your uterus drops and pushes down in the vagina.
  • Gynecological cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix, fallopian tube, or peritoneum.
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease - This is an infection in the uterus or fallopian tubes that can cause pain and infertility.

Types of hysterectomies

Supracervical hysterectomy

Removal of the uterus but not the cervix. This is typically done for abdominal sacrocolpopexy or when there is scar tissue preventing removal of the cervix. Women who keep the cervix are still at risk of developing cervical cancer and require routine pap smear screening after surgery. 

Total hysterectomy

This involves the removal of the entire uterus as well as the cervix.

Total hysterectomy and Salpingo-Oophorectomy

This involves the removal of the uterus as well as the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

Your doctor will determine the most appropriate hysterectomy method for your case. A hysterectomy can be performed in several ways, including:

Abdominal hysterectomy

Removal of the uterus through an incision on the abdomen.

Vaginal hysterectomy

Removal of the uterus through an incision in the vagina. You will not have any scars because there are no external cuts.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A minimally invasive procedure to remove the uterus using specialized surgical tools to perform the surgery with small incisions on the abdomen. The uterus can then be removed through an incision in the vagina or in small pieces through the small abdominal incisions.

Robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy

A specialized type of laparoscopic hysterectomy that is performed with the help of a robot controlled by the surgeon. By offering single-site robotic hysterectomy, we can significant reduce hospital stay, recovery time and pain for this procedure.

Open surgery hysterectomy can require up to two months of recovery time, while single-site hysterectomy typically offers next day release from the hospital and much shorter recovery after.

What risks are associated with a hysterectomy?

While a hysterectomy is generally a safe procedure, there are risks associated with the procedure, including:

  • Injury to the bladder, intestines, or blood vessels
  • Heavy bleeding at the incision site
  • Infection around the incision
  • Blood clots in the legs that can travel to the lungs
  • Breathing or heart problems related to anesthesia

Why choose NGPG for Gynecological Surgery?

NGPG is home to experienced providers you can trust. With four convenient locations across northeast Georgia, NGPG provides easy access and scheduling. Our approach to gynecologic services always centers care on the patient and family.

We perfom our surgeries with state-of-the-art technology at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, providing our patients access to minimally-invasive laproscopic and robotic surgery options. By offering these options, we can minimize your stay in the hospital, shorten recovery times and reduce pain from surgery. NGMC Gainesville is the first hospital in Georgia to have received accreditation from the SRC as a Center of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecology. 

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