The decision to have a hysterectomy is a difficult and personal one. Whether it is due to illness or injury, once you and your doctor have decided that a hysterectomy is the right answer for you – you should know that you still have options.
Here at New Britain OB/GYN, we offer some of the most advanced surgical options for your hysterectomy available in New Britain, CT. Depending on your needs, we offer hysterectomies done via abdominal incision, laparoscopy and even done through the vagina!
Hysterectomies done via abdominal incision are the most traditional method. In this type of procedure, the surgeon makes an incision in the abdominal wall and removes the necessary tissue. While healing time tends to be longer and more painful than with laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomies, this method does come with some advantages. One particularly useful advantage is that it gives the surgeon a complete and clear view of the entire uterus and surrounding organs. This method also gives the surgeon more room to work. This might be a good option for you if you have large cysts, fibroids, or if there is cancer involved and the surgeon needs to look at the entire organ to check for any spreading.
Laparoscopic hysterectomies have become increasingly popular in the last few years, partly because healing time tends to be faster and easier, and also because the scarring is so small that many people won’t even notice them afterwards. In this procedure, the surgeon uses special tools and a laparoscope (which is a miniature camera) to remove the tissue through small incisions.
Vaginal hysterectomies are done via a small incision at the top of the vagina. The uterus and any other tissue necessary is detached and pulled down and out through the vagina. Often, patients who are suffering with uterine prolapse will find that vaginal hysterectomies are a good option for them, even though it doesn’t give the surgeon a view of any of the other internal organs. The lack of external scars and fast healing time make this an attractive option.
If you’re unsure what options are available for you, give us a call and we will be happy to review your case and schedule a consultation.