Although there are many effective treatments for gynecological conditions, sometimes a hysterectomy is necessary. The gynecological surgeons at Mesbah OB/GYN in Garden City, New York, have years of experience performing hysterectomies using minimally invasive and robot-assisted techniques. To find out more about having a safe, successful hysterectomy, call Mesbah OB/GYN today, or use the online tool to schedule an appointment.
A hysterectomy involves removing the uterus. In some operations, surgeons remove the cervix, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes as well.
Fewer women have hysterectomies now because of advances in treatment that mean there are worthwhile alternatives for some conditions. However, around 400,000 women in the United States still need a hysterectomy each year.
Conditions that might require a hysterectomy include endometrial or uterine cancer and benign (noncancerous) disorders like endometriosis or uterine fibroids.
There are several kinds of hysterectomy, including:
A total or simple hysterectomy involves taking out your uterus and cervix. Your surgeon may remove your ovaries and/or fallopian tubes, and in some cases, additional surrounding tissue, like lymph nodes.
You might need a radical hysterectomy to remove your uterus, cervix, and part of your vagina if you have uterine cancer. Your surgeon might also take out surrounding tissues like lymph nodes, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Traditionally, surgeons performed hysterectomies using open surgery, making a large incision in your skin and muscle. This method causes significant tissue damage, so minimally invasive techniques that use one or several small incisions in your abdomen are more common now.
The three types of minimally invasive hysterectomies are:
With this approach, your surgeon removes your uterus via an incision in your vagina.
For laparoscopic hysterectomy, your surgeon uses special long-handled instruments that fit through small cuts. They view magnified images sent from the laparoscope’s camera to a video screen to guide the instruments.
The Mesbah OB/GYN team uses da Vinci® technology to perform robot-assisted hysterectomies. With the da Vinci system, your surgeon completes your hysterectomy through incisions roughly the size of a fingertip.
Your surgeon sits at a console in the operating room and controls the robot’s camera and the tiny instruments on da Vinci’s robotic arms. The system delivers high-definition 3D imaging at 10 times the magnification of the human eye.
The robot carries out your surgeon’s hand movements in real time, but with a greater range of motion and optimal precision.
To discuss the most suitable option for your hysterectomy, call Mesbah OB/GYN today, or book an appointment online.