A hysterectomy is the surgical procedure for removing all parts of a woman’s uterus. During a hysterectomy, some surgeons also remove the fallopian tubes, cervix and/or ovaries. There are 3 types of hysterectomies:
Supracervical, partial or subtotal hysterectomy: A surgery that removes the uterus but leaves the cervix in place.
Radical hysterectomy: a surgery to remove the uterus cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries and pelvic lymph nodes. This is type of hysterectomy is usually performed on women who have been diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.
Total hysterectomy: removal of the uterus and cervix.
There are four methods of performing hysterectomies:
Abdominal hysterectomy: the uterus, cervix and possibly additional organs are removed by using a large incision in the abdomen that is approximately 4-8 inches long. This method is the most painful option and leaves a scar.
Vaginal hysterectomy: the uterus, cervix, and possibly additional organs are removed through a smaller incision inside the vagina. This leaves no visible scars, but can be painful during recovery.
Total laparoscopic hysterectomy: a laparoscope is inserted through 3-4 tiny incisions in the abdomen to detach and remove the uterus and cervix. This method has minimal recovery, pain and scarring.
Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy: a type of laparoscopic hysterectomy where the cervix is left intact. This method has minimal recovery, pain and scarring.
Hospital stays for a hysterectomy vary by the method of hysterectomy.
Abdominal Hysterectomy: 3-6 days
Vaginal Hysterectomy: 1-3 days
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: 1 day or less
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy: 1 day or less
Recovery time for a hysterectomy vary by the method of hysterectomy.
Abdominal Hysterectomy: 4-6 weeks
Vaginal Hysterectomy: 3 weeks
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: 3 weeks
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy: 6 days
At the Center for Women’s Health, we understand that caring for a woman’s health requires more than just good “medical” care. Call (770) 297-2200 or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.
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