Hysterectomy

Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Ocean, NJ & Howell, NJ

There are many reasons why a hysterectomy is the right option for you and your family. With more than 20 years of experience, the highly skilled physicians at Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, use a minimally invasive robotic surgical procedure to remove your uterus, with as little downtime as possible. To find out if you are a good candidate for a hysterectomy, call Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates or book an appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

With a hysterectomy, the uterus is completely removed. This procedure is done for many reasons, including:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Persistent abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer

In some cases, your health care provider may recommend the removal of your ovaries and tubes in addition to your uterus.

Are there different types of hysterectomy procedures?

There are three main types of hysterectomy procedures, depending on the severity of your unique case: 

  • Subtotal hysterectomy, removal of the upper uterus
  • Total hysterectomy, removal of the entire uterus and cervix
  • Radical hysterectomy, removal of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and the top of the vagina

Radical hysterectomy is only recommended in the event of a cancer diagnosis.

What is a robotic hysterectomy?

Also known as a robotic-assisted hysterectomy, a robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which small medical instruments are used to make minor abdominal incisions. This technology offers 3D views of your uterus, creating better precision with each move. Because a robotic hysterectomy is less invasive than traditional open surgery, which leaves you with a large scar, patients experience less pain and blood loss.

With less pain and scarring, patients can return to their day-to-day activities much sooner than they would after a traditional hysterectomy. Most patients are able to return home later in the day of their surgery. The total recovery time takes approximately four to six weeks.

What will my recovery time look like?

Overall, your recovery is far less painful following a robotic hysterectomy than a traditional hysterectomy. You’re encouraged to get up and move around after the surgery. While minor pain, bleeding, and discomfort is normal after surgery, it’s important to contact your doctor right away if you experience severe pain, bleeding, nausea, or vomiting.

It’s important not to lift heavy objects during and after your recovery time. Most doctors recommend waiting at least six to eight weeks to have vaginal intercourse after the procedure. In most cases, sexual function following a robotic hysterectomy remains the same as before, but some women report an improvement in sexual function because they experience less pain.

The Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates team offers their patients robotic hysterectomy procedures to reduce recovery time and improve their overall quality of life. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.

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