Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy
Grant Regional Health Center provides this advanced technique that offers better outcomes, shorter hospital stays, less pain and reduced risk of complications.
Even if you and doctor have decided a hysterectomy is the right decision, there is good news. Surgical techniques have come a long way since your (grand) mother’s hysterectomy. New procedures and materials offer options that can greatly decrease discomfort and speed recovery, so you can get back to your health – and your life – much faster than you might think.
Not too long ago, if you were told you needed a hysterectomy, it meant facing hours of open surgery, days in the hospital, and weeks — if not months — of recovery. Now, thanks to advancements in technology and surgical techniques, women have options. Unlike traditional/open surgery that requires a 5-inch incision, minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery involves just a few small incisions.
At Grant Regional Health Center, we’re committed to providing women with the best obstetric and gynecological care available. Dr. Darren Perttu along with our skilled surgical team offer minimally invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, to help you feel better, faster. Compared with abdominal hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery results in less pain and scarring, has a lower risk of infection, requires a shorter hospital stay and has a faster recovery. You may be able to return to your normal activities sooner.
Reasons for a hysterectomy:
A healthcare provider might recommend a hysterectomy if a woman has fibroids, endometriosis that hasn’t been cured by medicine or surgery, uterine prolapse (when uterus drops into the vagina), cancer of the uterus/cervix/ovaries, vaginal bleeding that persists despite treatment or severe chronic pelvic pain.
What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?
We are fortunate that Dr. Perttu has the skill and expertise to perform minimally invasive hysterectomies laparoscopically. Using a laparoscope, a tool outfitted with a camera to help see internal organs without large incisions, our surgical team can complete the hysterectomy minus the complications of traditional surgery.
A small incision is made in the navel, through which a camera and surgical instruments are inserted. The camera on the laparoscope transmits an image of the organs to the monitor, and the surgeon uses the images to guide the process of removing the uterus through the same incision.
Benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy
In the past, women spent days in the hospital recovering from traditional hysterectomies and many more weeks recuperating at home. Much of the post-surgical pain and recovery time was due to the large incisions that were made through the abdominal wall, and much recovery time was dedicated to muscle regrowth, not the removal of the uterus.
Minimally invasive hysterectomies not only have a faster recovery time, but they also bring many other benefits, including:
- Can be performed as an outpatient procedure
- Less time in surgery and under anesthesia
- Small incisions, which reduce the risk of bleeding complications
- Minimal scarring
- Less pain and discomfort after surgery
- Faster post-op recovery with an ability to return to work in 7-10 days
How do I know if minimally invasive hysterectomy is right for me?
A minimally invasive hysterectomy could be right for you if you’ve been struggling with gynecological issues that cause you significant pain and discomfort. The best way to learn more is to discuss your symptoms with your primary care provider and ask about a referral to Dr. Perttu.
To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomy and find out if you’re a good candidate, call Grant Regional Community Clinic at (608) 723-2131.