What is a Hysterectomy?
Learn more about hysterectomy and your options at CWH&W
A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove your uterus. There are several types of hysterectomy including partial hysterectomy, total hysterectomy and radical hysterectomy. A partial hysterectomy (also known as supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy) removes the uterus but spares the cervix. A total hysterectomy removes the uterus and cervix. A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Hidden Scar Hysterectomy
At Cheaha Women, we take pride in providing patients with the safest, preferred, and most cost-effective surgical options in hysterectomy surgery. A Hidden Scar® Hysterectomy can be performed for a total or radical hysterectomy procedure.
A Hidden Scar Hysterectomy is the least invasive procedure for hysterectomy, leaving you with no visible scar. During a Hidden Scar Hysterectomy, your surgeon accesses your uterus through your vagina, your body’s natural opening. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove your cervix and uterus, and may also remove your fallopian tubes and/or ovaries at the same time. Additionally, if needed, your surgeon can treat pelvic organ prolapse at the same time. Sometimes, even if you do not have pelvic organ prolapse, your surgeon can perform risk-reducing surgery to prevent a prolapse in the future. With a Hidden Scar Hysterectomy, we can perform your hysterectomy without any incisions on the abdomen. Your scar will be hidden. During the procedure, you will be under general anesthesia. The surgery itself can be performed in less than one hour.
Typical Incision Locations for Hysterectomy Surgery
Studies show that a Hidden Scar Hysterectomy is the least invasive, safest, and most cost-effective approach for hysterectomy. That is why medical societies like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons (SGS) recommend a vaginal Hidden Scar Hysterectomy when indicated.
At Cheaha Women, we know that minimizing pain and getting back to your normal life is important to you. Since Hidden Scar Hysterectomy is the least invasive hysterectomy procedure, this approach may help minimize pain and get you back to work faster. Ask your surgeon if you are a candidate for a vaginal Hidden Scar Hysterectomy.
You may qualify for a Hidden Scar Hysterectomy based on your condition and diagnosis. Ask us if you are a candidate for a Hidden Scar Hysterectomy Surgery by calling Cheaha Women at (256) 241-0885 to schedule a consultation.
Questions For Your Doctor
Below are some Hysterectomy FAQ’s to help you prepare for your surgery. It is important to have a clear understanding of your surgical options and know what to expect before deciding on the best treatment plan for you. At Cheaha Women, we find that many patients do not know what types of questions to ask their doctor. We want to make sure you have all of the information you need, so we have put together a list of questions for you!
We encourage you to print and bring this questionnaire to your office visit.
- Am I a candidate for Hidden Scar Hysterectomy?
- Where will the incisions be made? Will I have a visible scar?
- I hear a lot about “minimally invasive” surgery. What’s the best approach for my hysterectomy?
- Will my ovaries or any reproductive organs other than my uterus be removed?
- Do I need pelvic organ prolapse surgery in addition to my hysterectomy?
- Will I need to stay in the hospital after my hysterectomy surgery?
- How long will it take me to recover from having a hysterectomy?
- When can I resume my normal activities, including work, exercise, sexual activity and recreation?
- How should I prepare to have surgery?
For more information
- Amitabha M and Sepeedeh S (2012). Psychological Aspects of Hysterectomy & Postoperative Care, Hysterectomy, Dr. Ayman Al Hendy (Ed.), iSBN: 978 953 51 0434 6, InTech
- ACOG Committee Opinion. Choosing the Route of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease. Nov 2009. Reaffirmed 2011.
- Safety in gynecologic surgery: A roundtable discussion, OBG Management Supplement, Lonky, Gebhart, Kho, Munro, October 2015, obgmanagement.com
- Wright K, et al. Costs and Outcomes of Abdominal, Vaginal, Laparoscopic and Robotic Hysterectomies. JSLS (2012) 16:519-524