Trust Oakwood Women’s Centre to perform a hysterectomy when needed
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Our experienced obgyns at our Round Rock women’s center may recommend that you have a hysterectomy if you have been diagnosed with gynecologic conditions that are causing life-altering, disruptive symptoms.
- Abnormal or heavy menstrual bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancer (cancer of the uterus, ovaries, cervix or endometrium)
Each hysterectomy is unique
Hysterectomy is the second most common women’s surgery after cesarean section. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States. There are three types of hysterectomies:
- Supracervical (also known as a partial or subtotal) – removal of the upper uterus and not the cervix
- Total – removal of the uterus and the cervix; may also include the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes, which can immediately put a woman into menopause or speed up the process
- Radical – removal of the uterus, cervix and structures around the uterus; typically performed if cancer is diagnosed or suspected
Minimally-invasive hysterectomies provide many benefits
Based on your diagnosis and symptoms, our expert Round Rock obgyns will determine the type of hysterectomy you will have and the way it will be surgically performed. Our team of highly-skilled physicians are trained in the most current and minimally-invasive gynecological surgical techniques that provide many benefits to our patients, including shorter hospital stays (typically one night), less pain after surgery and faster recovery time in the days and weeks ahead.
Robotic-assisted surgeries allow for greater precision, flexibility and control
When possible, our obgyn team performs robotic-assisted hysterectomies using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This system allows our surgeons to operate through one small incision in the belly button or through a few small incisions in the abdomen with a magnified 3-D view of the surgery. Special instruments controlled remotely by our gynecologic surgeons allow for greater precision, flexibility and control.
Like robotic-assisted hysterectomies, laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed through a few small incisions. A laparoscope, which is a thin tube with a light and a camera, provides our physicians with a 2-D view of the surgery. A range of surgical tools are used to perform this type of hysterectomy.
A vaginal hysterectomy requires no incisions
The surgical team at Oakwood Women’s Centre also performs vaginal hysterectomies, whereby the uterus is removed through the vagina. There are no incisions with this surgery.
Open hysterectomies involve removing the uterus through a large, open incision in the abdomen. This type of hysterectomy is more invasive and is performed only when necessary, often when cancer is present or suspected. Recovery times are longer and risks higher.
Our goal is a safe and speedy recovery with the best possible outcome
Our obgyn team performs hysterectomies at St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and Oakwood Surgery Center. Our friendly and helpful staff is available to assist you with appointments, insurance benefits and questions you might have. Recovery time can be anywhere from one to six weeks, depending on the type of surgery you have performed.
Our team at Oakwood Women’s Centre will be here every step of the way to advise you on how to take care of yourself to ensure a safe and speedy recovery with the best possible outcome.
Although we will do everything we can to prevent a hysterectomy, if it is necessary, you can feel confident choosing one of our experienced and skilled gynecologic surgeons at Oakwood Women’s Centre. We encourage women from Round Rock, Austin and the surrounding areas to call our Round Rock obgyn office to set up an appointment today.