Every year, 600,000 women get a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, making it the most commonly performed procedure on women of reproductive age after cesarean section. At ObGyn Care of Oklahoma, Dr. Shaurin Patel performs hysterectomies for a variety of reasons, including ovarian cancer, infection, heavy bleeding, or complications with childbirth. If you want to learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Patel today by calling his Oklahoma City office or using the online booking tool.
A hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure that involves removing the uterus. After you get a hysterectomy, you can no longer get pregnant.
With a total hysterectomy, both the cervix and the uterus are removed. During a partial hysterectomy, the cervix is left in place. A radical hysterectomy includes removing additional structures around the uterus, including the top of the vagina. Radical hysterectomies are sometimes required after certain cancer diagnoses.
A hysterectomy is used to treat a variety of women’s health issues, including:
Uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths on the uterus, are the most common reason for getting a hysterectomy. Depending on your condition, Dr. Patel usually explores less invasive alternatives, like medication, before recommending a hysterectomy.
Since you can't get pregnant after a hysterectomy, many women prefer to wait until they've completed their family. However, waiting for a hysterectomy when you need one can lead to other complications. Dr. Patel will discuss the specifics with you and help you determine whether waiting is a good idea.
Dr. Patel typically performs hysterectomies through the vagina with laparoscopic assistance. He uses a laparoscope, which is a small camera with a tubular light that he uses to examine your uterus.
In some cases, a hysterectomy may require a more invasive surgery, which Dr. Patel performs through abdominal incisions.
During the procedure, Dr. Patel uses surgical tools to remove your uterus in small pieces. Depending on the type of hysterectomy, the procedure may involve removal of your cervix, fallopian tubes, or other structures.
You may experience some pain for a few days following the hysterectomy, but Dr. Patel can prescribe pain medication. Many women suffer emotionally after realizing they can no longer get pregnant. Dr. Patel is there to provide emotional support, guidance, and resources during your recovery.
Dr. Patel performs hysterectomy surgery frequently and achieves positive results. However, as is the case with all surgical procedures, problems can occur, including:
These complications usually aren’t serious or long-lasting. If you want to learn more about the hysterectomy procedure, schedule an appointment to sit down with Dr. Patel by calling or using the online booking tool today.