A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman's uterus. Depending on the condition, your doctor may also remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries during a hysterectomy surgery. You may choose to have a hysterectomy for a variety of reasons including:
A hysterectomy by itself is not likely to cause menopause. However, a hysterectomy surgery where the ovaries are also removed may contribute to early onset menopause.
Minimally invasive hysterectomy offers less pain, fewer complications, less noticeable scarring and shorter recovery times than traditional abdominal hysterectomy.
Aurora Health Care offers minimally invasive gynecological surgery (MIGS) options for hysterectomy procedures. With minimally invasive hysterectomy, patients tend to have:
Minimally invasive hysterectomy offers a higher level of accuracy than traditional hysterectomy because of the use of video-assisted equipment during surgery.
The following types of minimally invasive hysterectomy are available at Aurora:
Hysterectomy recovery times will vary depending on your overall health and the type of procedure you choose. With minimally invasive hysterectomy, many patients achieve full recovery in 2 weeks or less. With traditional abdominal hysterectomy, recovery can take 6 weeks or more. It is normal to experience some pain or discomfort during the recovery process – talk to your doctor about pain relief options that are right for you.
Aurora Health Care offers single incision hysterectomy surgery at Women’s Health Care clinics and hospitals throughout Wisconsin, with locations in: