Hysterectomy is surgical removal of the uterus. Because this is major surgery, other treatment options such as endometrial ablation or uterine artery embolization (UAE) may be tried prior to a hysterectomy. When there are no other strong alternatives, a hysterectomy may be required. A total hysterectomy includes removal of the entire uterus and cervix. This does not include removal of the ovaries or fallopian tubes. This surgery can be performed abdominally or vaginally. An abdominal hysterectomy is done via an incision in the lower abdomen. This requires a longer healing time but may be the preferred method if you have large fibroids or cancer present. A vaginal hysterectomy is done through the vagina so healing time is shorter. A vaginal hysterectomy is the type of hysterectomy preferred by our Specialty organization ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology). At Women’s Health Care, we are dedicated to performing the most minimally invasive option whenever possible which is a vaginal hysterectomy.

Regardless of the type of hysterectomy, you will require a preoperative visit in our office before your surgery in addition to several blood and urine tests. It is important to follow all of your doctor's instructions after surgery to expedite your recovery process.

Our practice did conduct a study published in the Wisconsin Medical Journal evaluating outcomes of vaginal hysterectomy which showed fewer complications, a rapid return to activity and lower pain levels.

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Contact Waukesha gynecologists at Women’s Health Care for more information on abdominal and vaginal hysterectomy procedures