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.
- 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.
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.
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.
A type of minimally invasive surgery using a small incision or a few small incisions in the belly button. Through this breakthrough surgical option, gynecologists are able to operate with better precision and control. 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
- Robotic 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: 2 weeks or less
- Robotic Hysterectomy: 6 days to 2 weeks
Longstreet Clinic’s experienced GYN surgeons perform hysterectomies at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Call 770-297-2200 or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.