Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. This is a way of treating problems that affect the uterus. Many conditions can be cured with hysterectomy. Because it is major surgery, you may want to explore other treatment options first. For conditions that have not responded to other treatments, a hysterectomy may be the best choice.
You should be fully informed of all options before you decide.
A total hysterectomy means that the uterus and cervix are removed. In some cases, the fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed along with the uterus and cervix. This is called Total Hysterectomy with Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. In a Supracervical Hysterectomy, only the uterus (not the cervix) is removed. The type of hysterectomy performed depends on the reason for the procedure. There are multiple ways that hysterectomy can be performed.
- Vaginal hysterectomy – Our surgeons make an incision near the top of the vagina. They then reach through the incision to disconnect the blood vessels and attachments of the uterus. Once the uterus is free, it is removed through the vagina.
- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – A laparoscope is used to guide the surgery. A laparoscope is a thin, lighted tube with a camera that isinserted into the abdomen through a small incision in or around the navel. It allows the surgeon to see the pelvic organs on a screen. Additional small incisions are made in the abdomen for other instruments used in the surgery. The uterus is detached from inside the body. It then is removed in small pieces through the incisions, or the pieces are passed out of the body through the vagina.
- DaVinci Robotic Assisted Hysterectomy – The surgeon controls the daVinci, often called a “robot” to remove the uterus through just a few tiny openings. The daVinci translates the surgeon’s hand movements into these small instruments inside your body. The robot cannot act on its own. The daVinci Surgical System provides high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view of the pelvis. The benefits of this technology are less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, quick recovery and small incisions.
- Abdominal Hysterectomy – Our surgeons do not perform this invasive procedure except in rare circumstances. Traditionally abdominal hysterectomies are performed through a large incision on the abdominal skin in order to free up the attachments of the uterus and then the uterus is lifted out of the body. For obvious reasons, this procedure can be painful and have a higher risk of blood loss, infection and a longer recovery (often 6 weeks).
“I just wanted to tell everyone how amazing Dr. Amy Brenner is! I recently had a hysterectomy done by robotics. My recovery time was very quick and I had no need for pain medicine. Dr. Brenner is such a great listener, she truly hears me and takes the time to give me personal care during each visit. I have had another female gynecologist in the past, but Dr. Brenner is hands down the best physician I have ever had.”
– Tracy P. (Fairfield, OH)
“I am a new patient of Dr. Brenner’s. I was having a few issues and was nervous about a few things. I called to make an appointment and was able to see Dr. Brenner the next week. As soon as I stepped into the office, I felt very at ease. You can tell they go to great lengths to make you feel comfortable.”
“Dr. Brenner had me come in for some tests and together we discussed my options. After getting the test results back, we agreed that surgery would be the best option. I was very happy to see how quickly it could all be scheduled and arranged. My surgery was three weeks ago and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Dr. Brenner and her staff really go beyond the call of duty to be professional and courteous and make you feel comfortable. At a time when you are really scared about what could happen, it’s really important to have people around you that care.”
“Thank you Dr. Brenner and company for all you do.”
– Brandy M.
“About three months ago, I had a robotic-assisted abdominal hysterectomy performed by Dr. Brenner. When I was first told that I needed the procedure, I was a little surprised, but with my age and symptoms I knew that the hysterectomy was needed. When Dr. Brenner suggested that I have a robotic procedure, I was anxious and a little afraid. I looked at the video, did a little on-line research and studied the brochures I was given. After careful thought, I made the decision to ‘go for it.'”
“I must say that was the right procedure. I had the procedure on a Friday, was at I-Hop for breakfast by 9 AM the next morning, and back to work on Wednesday the next week. I needed no pain medicine but took a couple Tylenol the first day just because. I was driving on Sunday and shopping on Monday. I probably could have gone back to work on Monday but the time was already scheduled – so I took it.”
“So, if given the option to have a robotic procedure, I say again, go for it.'”
– Mollie C.