What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes your uterus. Depending on the reason for your surgery, Dr. Snell-Hargrove may also take out your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other related tissue. There are four types of hysterectomies:
- Subtotal or Supracervical Hysterectomy: removal of the upper portion of the uterus, leaving the cervix in place
- Total or Simple Hysterectomy: removal of both the uterus and the cervix
- Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy: removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries
- Radical Hysterectomy: primarily to treat cancer, removal of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes as well as the upper portions of the vagina and affected lymph glands
Regardless of how extensive your surgery, once complete, menstruation and fertility end.
Why have a hysterectomy?
Dr. Snell-Hargrove performs hysterectomies for a variety of chronic health issues, including:
- Fibroids: Fibroids are the most frequent reason women undergo a hysterectomy. Fibroids are benign tumors made of fibrous tissue that grows from the muscular wall of your uterus.
- Endometriosis: When other interventions fail, Dr. Snell-Hargrove recommends a hysterectomy for endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disorder in which the cells from your uterine lining grow outside the uterus, causing pain, discomfort, and heavy bleeding during menstruation. Scarring, adhesions, and infertility also result from endometriosis.
- Uterine Prolapse: Uterine prolapse occurs when your uterus drops into your vagina causing incontinence and discomfort. Medications and exercise help relieve symptoms, but not the underlying problem.
- Chronic Pelvic Pain: Chronic pelvic pain is pain that just won’t go away in the pelvis despite other treatments. Hysterectomy is used a last resort for patients with unresolved pain and has completed childbearing. Hysterectomies can also treat cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries when the cancer is not caught early enough through a pap test or when vaginal bleeding persists despite treatment.
How is a hysterectomy performed?
Dr. Snell-Hargrove can use a variety of techniques to perform a hysterectomy, including:
- Abdominal hysterectomy: through a cut on your lower abdomen
- Vaginal hysterectomy: with a cut in your vagina
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy: where a tiny camera and tools enable the surgeon to see and remove the organs through small cuts on your abdomen
- Robotic surgery: Similar to laparoscopy, but the camera and tools are attached to robotic arms that the doctor controls
Call or make an appointment online with Dr. Dana N. Snell-Hargrove in Fort Worth, Texas to determine which surgical option is best for you based on your health history and your need for surgery.