What Is A minimally Invasive Hysterectomy?
If you qualify for a minimally invasive hysterectomy, then you'll be spared the traditional hysterectomy which requires a very large incision and longer recovery time. Our board-certified gynecologist and surgeon, Dr. Otto Huertas, has many years of experience performing all types of hysterectomies. He prefers to provide his hysterectomy patients the least invasive options, which can include a single incision laparoscopic or a non-incision vaginal hysterectomy. If you'd like to meet with Dr. Huertas to discuss your options for gynecologic surgery, please call our office in Dallas, TX to make an appointment at CosmeticGyn Center.
Do I qualify for a minimally invasive Hysterectomy?
You may need to have a hysterectomy for chronically painful growths or fibroids on your uterus, treatment-resistant endometriosis, advanced urogynecological issues, disease, cancer, or a combination of women's health issues. He can determine your eligibility after a consultation. Women who do not qualify for minimally invasive hysterectomies may need to have traditional surgery because of cancer, significant damage to repair or remove, obesity, an enlarged uterus from an overgrowth of endometrial tissue or fibroids, or any other condition cause for concern. At CosmeticGyn Center, we want you to have the best and safest surgical options available to you.
Treatment options with Dr Huertas
Depending on the severity of your feminine health, Dr. Huertras may have several surgical options for you to choose from for your hysterectomy. Dr. Huertas performs gynecologic surgeries with patients under general anesthesia in hospitals and accredited surgical facilities where he has medical privileges.
- Vaginal Hysterectomy
No abdominal skin incisions will be made for your hysterectomy if Dr. Huertas can access and remove your uterus through your vagina.
- Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Using the smallest incisions possible, Dr. Huertas will make tiny cuts into your abdomen (near your navel) to insert a laparoscope into the area where your uterus lies. Special microsurgical instruments will also be inserted into your abdomen to excise and remove your uterus. Dr. Huertas will use the laparoscope's camera as a guide throughout your surgery. Once complete, the instruments will be removed and Dr. Huertas will stitch the incisions closed as needed. Recovery time should be minimal compared to a traditional hysterectomy.
- Traditional Open Hysterectomy
Unpopular but sometimes medically necessary, the traditional hysterectomy requires a large incision across the lower abdomen (hipbone to hipbone), which allows Dr. Huertas to access your reproductive organs and remove what is necessary with the best view. After completing the hysterectomy, he'll suture the incision closed. This type of surgery may require an overnight stay in the hospital. The recovery period can last a month or longer.
Your Follow-Up Appointment
After your hysterectomy, you'll need to schedule a follow-up appointment (usually one-week post-op) with Dr. Huertas so that he can evaluate your vital signs, risk of infection, and any symptoms you're concerned. If you have a fever, notice signs of infection, or experience excessive pain, please seek medical treatment as soon as you can. Call the CosmeticGyn Center office if you need medical assistance.
Can I still enjoy sex after a hysterectomy?
Yes, women are still able to enjoy sex and achieve orgasm after a hysterectomy. In fact, many conditions that are reasons for having a hysterectomy, fibroids, for example, are associated with symptoms related to post-intercourse bleeding and painful intercourse. However, as part of your recovery after a hysterectomy, you should wait at least six weeks before engaging in sexual activity.
When is a hysterectomy medically necessary?
When a condition affecting the uterus or reproductive system becomes life-threatening, a hysterectomy is medically necessary. One of the most common conditions requiring a hysterectomy is cancer of the ovaries, cervix, uterus, or fallopian tubes.
Will I have a scar after a hysterectomy?
Traditional hysterectomies require a large incision which does cause a scar. However, if you qualify for a minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy, the incisions are very small, which means any possible scarring is significantly reduced. With a vaginal hysterectomy, your uterus can be removed through the vagina, meaning you’ll have no external scars.
Your Wellness Is Important to Us
We want you to feel confident in your decision to have a hysterectomy with Dr. Huertas. He is a leading gynecologist in the DFW area that has the experience to provide you with excellent, patient-centered care. Our team at CosmeticGyn Center is here to answer your questions and address your concerns before and after your hysterectomy. Call our office in Dallas, TX to schedule a one-on-one visit with Dr. Huertas to find out more and to prepare for your surgery and better health.