Hysterectomy

OBGYN Turlock

Fatemeh Pazouki, M.D., FACOG

OB/GYN located in Turlock, CA

Hysterectomy may be most commonly associated with the treatment of cervical and uterine cancer, but it can be useful in treating other gynecological problems as well. At OBGYN Turlock, Dr. Fatemeh Pazouki offers minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures that rely on small incisions and advanced technology, helping women in Turlock, California, achieve optimal outcomes with faster recovery and less discomfort compared to traditional hysterectomy procedures. Some minimally invasive hysterectomies can be performed without any external incisions for even faster healing. If you would like to discuss whether you might be a candidate for a hysterectomy, call the office to make an appointment or book online today.

Hysterectomy

When is a hysterectomy performed?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus. A full hysterectomy removes the entire uterus, while a partial hysterectomy leaves the cervix intact. Sometimes, a hysterectomy is performed along with an oophorectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the ovaries. A hysterectomy can be performed for different reasons, but some of the most common include:

  • Uterine or cervical cancer
  • Large, symptomatic fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the pelvic floor muscles weaken and allow the uterus to descend into the vaginal area
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Very heavy menstrual bleeding associated with menopause
  • Endometriosis, a condition that occurs when the uterine lining tissue (the endometrium) begins growing outside the uterus

Hysterectomies typically are performed only when other less aggressive options have failed or are deemed inappropriate. Some women with a family history of cervical or uterine cancer may opt to have a hysterectomy performed prophylactically - that is, before any signs of cancer occur - to avoid developing the cancer in the future.


What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?

A minimally invasive hysterectomy uses special instruments and small incisions to remove the uterus. Like other minimally invasive surgeries, minimally invasive hysterectomies are associated with less tissue damage, less bleeding, and faster recovery compared to “traditional” hysterectomies that use larger incisions.

Minimally invasive hysterectomies use a thin, flexible instrument called a laparoscope. The scope is equipped with a tiny camera, which transmits images back to a monitor. Dr. Pazouki uses those images to guide the surgical procedure, eliminating the need for large incisions. Some laparoscopic hysterectomies can be performed through the vagina without the need for any external incisions.


What is recovery like following a hysterectomy?

After your hysterectomy, you’ll stay in the hospital for a night or two, depending on the type of surgery you have and other factors. You can expect some discomfort in the belly area, but you’ll be able to manage it with over-the-counter pain medication. You’ll also be encouraged to get up and move around soon after your procedure, but some activities, like lifting, driving, and sex, will be restricted for about six weeks to allow the area to heal properly. You can also expect some vaginal discharge and bleeding for a about 7-10 days after your procedure, and you’ll need to use pads - not tampons - to control it.