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Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Deciding to have a hysterectomy is difficult and emotional, even when you know it’s the best choice for your underlying condition. The team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology understand the challenge and work closely with you, taking the time to talk and to answer your questions so you can make the decision that’s right for you. If you face a hysterectomy or you simply have questions about the procedure, call one of the offices in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Flushing, New York, or book an appointment online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

When Might I Need a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy (surgery to remove your uterus) may be the best option if you’re diagnosed with gynecologic cancer. Otherwise, it’s the last option considered after all other treatments have failed.

These are a few of the non-cancerous conditions that are more likely to need a hysterectomy:

  • Uterine fibroids (noncancerous growths in the muscle lining your uterus)
  • Endometriosis (tissue similar to the uterine lining grows outside the uterus)
  • Uterine prolapse (weak pelvic floor muscles let your uterus fall out of its normal position
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding (heavy or long menstrual periods)
  • Adenomyosis (uterine lining grows into the muscular layer of the uterus)

Hysterectomies are the second most common surgery performed on women in the U.S.

What are the Different Types of Hysterectomies?

Your doctor at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology may recommend one of three types of hysterectomies, depending on the condition being treated:

  • Total hysterectomy: Removal of the entire uterus and cervix
  • Partial hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus keeping the cervix intact
  • Radical hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus, cervix, and upper part of your vagina

One or both of your ovaries and Fallopian tubes may also be removed during a hysterectomy.

How is a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Performed?

The expert doctors at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology often perform hysterectomies using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.

Laparoscopy is called minimally invasive because it only requires a few small incisions to accommodate surgical tools inserted through narrow tubes. The key tool, a laparoscope, contains fiber-optic lighting and a high-definition camera.

The laparoscope gives your doctor a magnified view of the structures inside your pelvic cavity. Then your doctor performs the hysterectomy using tools inserted through the additional incisions.

A laparoscopic hysterectomy provides benefits such as:

  • Less bleeding
  • Faster healing
  • Minimal scarring
  • Lower risk of complications
  • Reduced postoperative pain
  • Quicker return to your usual activities

Some laparoscopic hysterectomies may be done on an outpatient basis, but if you’re in the hospital, your stay is shorter compared to conventional open surgery.

If you may need a hysterectomy, or if you’d like an evaluation of your symptoms, call Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology, or book an appointment online.