A hysterectomy is surgery used to remove the uterus. Hysterectomy can treat a wide range of gynecologic problems, and a woman who has had a hysterectomy will no longer have menstrual periods and cannot get pregnant.
Would you like to learn more about what undergoing a hysterectomy in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV will entail? Find a Doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals or call (702) 616-4900 to schedule a consultation with one of our women’s health experts.
Why We Perform Hysterectomy at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
Some of the common reasons for hysterectomy include:
What to Expect from Your Hysterectomy
Your hysterectomy will be performed in one of our hospitals, and you will be under general anesthesia during the procedure.
Your experience will depend on what organs are removed during your hysterectomy, and how your hysterectomy is performed. During a partial hysterectomy, the uterus is removed, but the cervix remains. During a total hysterectomy, both the uterus and cervix are removed. During hysterectomy, ovaries may also be removed — this is called oophorectomy.
A hysterectomy can be performed through the abdomen or the vagina. During an abdominal hysterectomy, an incision is made in the lower abdomen. Sometimes, an abdominal hysterectomy is performed through a few tiny incisions, using surgical instruments and a special camera inserted through the incisions, which is called a laparoscopic hysterectomy.
During a vaginal hysterectomy, the uterus is removed through the vagina. Ask your doctor at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican if you are a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery to experience a shorter recovery time.
Your Recovery after Hysterectomy
Your recovery time will largely depend on what type of hysterectomy you have, since traditional hysterectomy has a longer recovery time than vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Immediately after the surgery, you will still have a tube in your bladder to drain urine. This tube will be removed as soon as possible. You will be given pain medication as needed, and hospital staff will encourage you to walk often. Walking after surgery helps decrease the risk of blood clots. You may go home the day after surgery or stay in the hospital a few days. Full recovery after hysterectomy takes three to six weeks.
If your ovaries were removed, you will be in menopause after the surgery. Talk to your doctor about whether replacement hormones are a good option for you.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers complete care for patients undergoing hysterectomy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.