Each year, nearly 500,000 women in the US get a hysterectomy to remove the uterus. At Georgia Center for Female Health in Peachtree Corners and Decatur, Georgia, Lynette D. Stewart, MD, Wanda I. Cape, CNM, MPH, and the team provide safe hysterectomies to women with uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and other serious conditions affecting the uterus. For more information about the procedure and to find out if you should get it, call either Georgia Center for Female Health location, or book an appointment online today.
Hysterectomy is a type of surgery that removes all or part of the uterus, or womb, from your body. This is the organ that sheds its lining every month to cause your period, and it’s where a baby grows if you become pregnant.
The team at Georgia Center for Female Health performs laparoscopic hysterectomies to minimize complications and recovery time. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and is currently the preferred method for hysterectomies.
The team begins by making a small incision in your belly button and sticking a tiny camera called a laparoscope through it. The camera projects an image of your internal organs onto a screen, and your surgeon uses the life image to perform the operation. They make several other small incisions on your abdomen and use tiny instruments to remove all or part of your uterus and possibly your ovaries.
Removing a whole organ, especially one essential for reproduction, might seem intimidating or like a last resort option. However, getting a hysterectomy is a highly effective way to treat several conditions with serious consequences. The team at Georgia Center for Female Health might recommend a hysterectomy to treat the following conditions and others:
Endometriosis is a painful condition that happens when the inner lining of your uterus starts to grow on the outside of your uterus. In addition to pain, it can cause severe bleeding during and between periods.
Uterine fibroids are growths on your uterine wall that can cause heavy bleeding and pain. They aren’t cancerous, but it can be difficult to live with the symptoms.
Uterine prolapse happens when your uterus falls out of place and down into your vaginal canal. It happens to women who have given birth multiple times, obese women, and women in menopause.
If you have cancer in your uterus, cervix, or ovaries, a hysterectomy might be the best way to treat it.
One of the biggest differences you’ll notice after a hysterectomy is that you’ll stop getting your menstrual period, even if you haven’t hit menopause yet. You also won’t be able to get pregnant anymore, which is something to consider while reviewing your treatment options.
If the team at Georgia Center for Female Health decides to remove your ovaries during your hysterectomy, you’ll get other symptoms, too. Your ovaries make hormones like estrogen and progesterone. When you lose them, you get symptoms typical of menopause. Common menopause symptoms include:
If your symptoms are particularly severe and impact your life, the team can help you find ways to manage them. Bioidentical hormone therapy is a way to replenish the hormones you lose and ease many of the symptoms.
If you’re considering a hysterectomy to treat your condition and would like more information, call Georgia Center for Female Health, or book an appointment online today.