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A hysterectomy is a very common gynecologic surgery. The surgery removes your uterus, and sometimes other organs or tissues around the uterus, including the ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix.

Your Oakdale ObGyn doctor may recommend a hysterectomy as treatment for a variety of conditions for which medication or an office procedure isn’t an effective option. These include but are not limited to:

  • Heavy periods which can cause pain, fatigue, and disruption of activities of daily life
  • Uterine or cervical cancer or precancerous conditions
  • Uterine Fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths inside the muscular wall of the uterus that can cause heavy bleeding or discomfort
  • Pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the uterus or other pelvic organs “fall out” of normal position. This might lead to urinary incontinence (leaking), pain, and other conditions that impact your quality of life.
  • Endometriosis, which occurs when tissue from the uterus appears in other parts of the abdomen, leading to pain or infertility

There are three different ways, or “approaches” to perform your hysterectomy. Your gynecologist will recommend one of these to you depending on your needs and preferences.

Read this article from Minnesota Health Care News: “Hysterectomy: Alternative Surgical Approaches” by Dr. Jon Nielsen.

Laparoscopically: 3-4 small incisions are made in your abdomen. A thin, lighted, telescope-like device called a laparoscope is used to look at the pelvic organs. This may be done with or without the da Vinci surgical robot.

Vaginally: The uterus and other organs are removed through a small incision inside your vagina with no abdominal incisions.

Abdominally: A 4-6 inch incision in your abdomen allows the doctor to remove your uterus and/or other organs. This surgical approach is reserved for women for whom minimally invasive techniques are not the recommended option.

This chart describes each hysterectomy approach.

Regardless of what type of hysterectomy, this is a surgical procedure. As such, it brings risks and potential complications that include but are not limited to potential blood loss, infection, and damage to internal organs during or after surgery.

Talk with your Oakdale ObGyn gynecologist about your risks, potential complications and any concerns you might have before surgery.

Depending on your condition, age, general health and other factors, surgery is performed at the North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center at Maple Grove, North Metro Surgery Center in Blaine, or at Maple Grove Hospital.

Your Oakdale ObGyn gynecologist will talk with you about whether or not you are a candidate for a “same-day” hysterectomy.

Our doctors and staff are committed to your comfort following surgery. We will discuss with you what to expect after surgery and how we can help you.

You may experience shoulder pain, nausea, fatigue or abdominal discomfort for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers often help, as can rest. Talk with you doctor about any of your concerns before you go home.

If you and your Oakdale ObGyn gynecologist determine that a hysterectomy is right for you, consider these questions before surgery.

  • Which type of hysterectomy and surgical approach do you recommend for me?
  • Do I need to have my ovaries or cervix removed?
  • Do I need to worry about hormones if my ovaries are removed?
  • Why remove the cervix?
  • Will I have scars after surgery? If yes, how large will they be?
  • Would a robot-assisted hysterectomy benefit me?
  • Will my surgery be performed in a hospital or at an outpatient ambulatory surgery center? What’s the difference?
  • If the hospital, how long will I be in the hospital?
  • How long can I expect my recovery to take?
  • How long before I can exercise, lift children, and return to work?
  • Will this surgery affect my sexual arousal and my ability to have an orgasm?
  • Will I be able to get pregnant after a hysterectomy?
  • Does a hysterectomy increase my risk of vaginal prolapse later in life?
Your Hysterectomy Options
Surgical Approaches to Hysterectomy

There are three different ways, or “approaches” to perform your hysterectomy. Your gynecologist will recommend one of these to you depending on your needs and preferences.

Read this article from Minnesota Health Care News: “Hysterectomy: Alternative Surgical Approaches” by Dr. Jon Nielsen.

Laparoscopically: 3-4 small incisions are made in your abdomen. A thin, lighted, telescope-like device called a laparoscope is used to look at the pelvic organs. This may be done with or without the da Vinci surgical robot.

Vaginally: The uterus and other organs are removed through a small incision inside your vagina with no abdominal incisions.

Abdominally: A 4-6 inch incision in your abdomen allows the doctor to remove your uterus and/or other organs. This surgical approach is reserved for women for whom minimally invasive techniques are not the recommended option.

This chart describes each hysterectomy approach.
Understanding Risks and Complications

Regardless of what type of hysterectomy, this is a surgical procedure. As such, it brings risks and potential complications that include but are not limited to potential blood loss, infection, and damage to internal organs during or after surgery.

Talk with your Oakdale ObGyn gynecologist about your risks, potential complications and any concerns you might have before surgery.

Where is Surgery Performed?

Depending on your condition, age, general health and other factors, surgery is performed at the North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center at Maple Grove, North Metro Surgery Center in Blaine, or at Maple Grove Hospital.

Your Oakdale ObGyn gynecologist will talk with you about whether or not you are a candidate for a “same-day” hysterectomy.

What to Expect After Your Hysterectomy

Our doctors and staff are committed to your comfort following surgery. We will discuss with you what to expect after surgery and how we can help you.

You may experience shoulder pain, nausea, fatigue or abdominal discomfort for the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Prescription medications or over-the-counter pain relievers often help, as can rest. Talk with you doctor about any of your concerns before you go home.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

If you and your Oakdale ObGyn gynecologist determine that a hysterectomy is right for you, consider these questions before surgery.

  • Which type of hysterectomy and surgical approach do you recommend for me?
  • Do I need to have my ovaries or cervix removed?
  • Do I need to worry about hormones if my ovaries are removed?
  • Why remove the cervix?
  • Will I have scars after surgery? If yes, how large will they be?
  • Would a robot-assisted hysterectomy benefit me?
  • Will my surgery be performed in a hospital or at an outpatient ambulatory surgery center? What’s the difference?
  • If the hospital, how long will I be in the hospital?
  • How long can I expect my recovery to take?
  • How long before I can exercise, lift children, and return to work?
  • Will this surgery affect my sexual arousal and my ability to have an orgasm?
  • Will I be able to get pregnant after a hysterectomy?
  • Does a hysterectomy increase my risk of vaginal prolapse later in life?

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