Hysterectomies are generally thought of in two ways: either being grateful that you won't have any more periods or feeling trepidation about losing what were essential female reproductive organs.
Whatever you're feeling, chances are that if you and your doctor are considering a hysterectomy, it's because it is medically recommended.
Thankfully, because of advanced technology, including new gynecological surgery suites in the Firstenburg Tower and physician expertise, minimally invasive hysterectomies are an option at PeaceHealth Southwest.
“Today a minimally invasive alternative to the more traditional total abdominal hysterectomy is available. Instead of a large, 5-inch abdominal incision, the laparoscopic procedure requires several small, dime-size incisions,” says Leslie Struxness, MD. “We can insert a laparoscope (miniature camera) into one tiny incision to see the abdomen and laparoscopic surgical tools through two other small incisions.”
For many women, laparoscopic hysterectomy is a viable option with significant benefits, including:
- Less scarring
- Less pain
- Lower risk of infection and bleeding
- Shorter recovery time
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is just one of the options available. Women should talk with their doctors about the right treatment for them.