Hysterectomy Sugar Land, TX

Frequent Asked Topics

What is a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. Removing your uterus means that you can no longer get pregnant or having periods.

Why is hysterectomy done?

Hysterectomy is used to treat many women’s health conditions. Some of these conditions include

  • uterine fibroids (this is the most common reason for hysterectomy)
  • endometriosis
  • pelvic support problems (such as uterine prolapse)
  • abnormal uterine bleeding
  • chronic pelvic pain
  • gynecologic cancer

Are there alternatives to Hysterectomy Surgery Sugar Land?

Depending on your condition, you may want to try other options first that do not involve surgery or to “watch and wait” to see if your condition improves on its own. Some women wait to have a hysterectomy until after they have completed their families. If you choose another option besides hysterectomy, keep in mind that you may need additional treatment later.

What structures are removed during a hysterectomy?

There are different types of hysterectomy:

  • Total hysterectomy—The uterus and cervix are removed.
  • Supracervical hysterectomy—The upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left in place.
  • Radical hysterectomy—The uterus and cervix are removed along with structures around the uterus. This surgery may be recommended if cancer is diagnosed or suspected.

What other organs besides the cervix and uterus may be removed during a hysterectomy?

If needed, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed if they are abnormal (for example, they are affected by endometriosis). This procedure is called

  • salpingo-oophorectomy if both tubes and ovaries are removed
  • salpingectomy if just the fallopian tubes are removed
  • oophorectomy if just the ovaries are removed

The doctor may not know whether the ovaries and fallopian tubes will be removed until the time of surgery. Women at risk of ovarian cancer or breast cancer can choose to have both ovaries removed even if these organs are healthy in order to reduce their risk of cancer. This is called a risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.

Removing the fallopian tubes (but not the ovaries) at the time of hysterectomy also may be an option for women who do not have cancer. It may help prevent ovarian cancer. We will discuss about the possible benefits of removing your fallopian tubes at the time of your surgery.

What will happen if my ovaries are removed before I have gone through menopause?

You may experience immediate menopause signs and symptoms. You also may be at increased risk of osteoporosis. Hormone therapy can be given to relieve signs and symptoms of menopause and may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Hormone therapy can be started immediately after surgery. Other medications can be given to prevent osteoporosis if you are at high risk.

What are the different ways it can be performed by Hysterectomy Specialist in Sugar Land?

A hysterectomy can be done in different ways: through the vagina, through the abdomen, or with laparoscopy. The choice will depend on why you are having the surgery and other factors. Sometimes, the decision is made after the surgery begins and the surgeon is able to see whether there are other problems.

How is a vaginal hysterectomy in sugar Land done?

In a vaginal hysterectomy, the uterus is removed through the vagina. There is no abdominal incision. Not all women are able to have a vaginal hysterectomy. For example, women who have adhesions from previous surgery or who have a very large uterus may not be able to have this type of surgery.

What are the benefits of vaginal hysterectomy?

Vaginal hysterectomy generally causes fewer complications than abdominal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. Healing time may be shorter than with abdominal surgery, with a faster return to normal activities. It is recommended as the first choice for hysterectomy when possible.

How is laparoscopic hysterectomy done?

Laparoscopic surgery requires only a few small incisions in your abdomen. A laparoscope inserted through one of these incisions allows the surgeon to see the pelvic organs. Other surgical instruments are used to perform the surgery through other small incisions. Your uterus can be removed in small pieces through the incisions, through a larger incision made in your abdomen, or through your vagina (which is called a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy).

A robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed with the help of a robotic machine controlled by the surgeon.

What are the benefits and risks of laparoscopic hysterectomy in sugar Land?

Compared with abdominal hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery results in less pain, has a lower risk of infection, and requires a shorter hospital stay. You may be able to return to your normal activities sooner. There also are risks with laparoscopic surgery. It can take longer to perform compared with abdominal or vaginal surgery, especially if it is performed with a robot. Also, there is an increased risk of injury to the urinary tract and other organs with this type of surgery.

How is an abdominal hysterectomy in sugar Land done?

In an abdominal hysterectomy, the uterus is removed through an incision in your lower abdomen. The opening in your abdomen gives the surgeon a clear view of your pelvic organs.

What are the benefits and risks of abdominal hysterectomy?

Abdominal hysterectomy can be performed even if there are adhesions or if the uterus is very large. But abdominal hysterectomy is associated with greater risk of complications, such as wound infection, bleeding, blood clots, and nerve and tissue damage, than vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. It generally requires a longer hospital stay and a longer recovery time than vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Is hysterectomy safe?

Hysterectomy is one of the safest surgical procedures. But as with any surgery, problems can occur, including

  • fever and infection
  • heavy bleeding during or after surgery
  • injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs
  • blood clots in the leg that can travel to the lungs
  • breathing or heart problems related to anesthesia

Some problems related to the surgery may not show up until a few days, weeks, or even years after surgery. These problems include formation of a blood clot in the wound or bowel blockage. Complications are more common after an abdominal hysterectomy.

Will I have to stay in the hospital after having a hysterectomy?

You may need to stay in the hospital for up to a few days after surgery. The length of your hospital stay will depend on the type of hysterectomy you had and how it was done

What should I expect after having a hysterectomy?

You can expect to have some pain for the first few days after the surgery. You will be given medication to relieve pain. You will have bleeding and discharge from your vagina for several weeks. Sanitary pads can be used after the surgery. Constipation is common after most hysterectomies. Some women have temporary problems with emptying the bladder after a hysterectomy.

What are some important things I should know about recovery?

Be sure to get plenty of rest, but you also need to move around as often as you can. Take short walks and gradually increase the distance you walk every day. You should not lift heavy objects until the doctor says you can. Do not put anything in your vagina during the first 8 weeks. That includes douching, having sex, and using tampons.

After you recover, you should continue to see Dr. Nguyen for routine gynecologic exams and general health care. Depending on the reason for your hysterectomy, you still may need pelvic exams and cervical cancer screening.

At Sugar Land Advanced OB/GYN Center, we’re dedicated to your ongoing health and well-being. Contact us at (281) 322-2222 to schedule your follow-up appointments and stay on track towards optimal gynecologic care. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.