Capital Women's Care Division 67
OBGYNs located in Ballston, Arlington, VA
Following Cesarean section, a hysterectomy is the second most common surgical procedure for women. The highly experienced team at Capital Women's Care in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, offer minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomies so that you can get back to your usual routine as quickly as possible. If you're concerned about your gynecological health and would like to discuss your surgical options, call the office or book an appointment online.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes your uterus, also known as the womb. Nearly 500,000 women undergo a hysterectomy each year.
The ovaries and Fallopian tubes may also be removed during a hysterectomy.
Why would I need a hysterectomy?
The team at Capital Women’s Care may recommend a hysterectomy if you’re experiencing:
- Uterine fibroids
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancer
- Pelvic support problems
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
Uterine fibroids top the list of the most common reason for a hysterectomy.
The physicians at Capital Women’s Care only recommend a hysterectomy after exploring all other options.
What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure the team at Capital Women’s Care uses to remove your uterus. They perform this procedure in a hospital, so you get the most attentive care.
During the procedure, the physician makes a few small incisions in your abdomen then inserts a laparoscope, a small camera, through one of the incisions to provide a view of your uterus.
Then, special surgical instruments remove the uterus, which is taken out either through a small incision in your abdomen or through your vagina.
What are the benefits of a laparoscopic hysterectomy?
The benefits of a laparoscopic hysterectomy include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Reduced recovery time
- Less pain
- Lower infection rate
You should be able to return to your usual activities fairly quickly after a laparoscopic hysterectomy. A full recovery takes three to four weeks.
What happens after a hysterectomy?
You may experience some pain after the hysterectomy, along with vaginal bleeding that may last for several weeks.
A hysterectomy brings on menopause, and you may experience symptoms such as:
- Vaginal dryness
- Alterations in mood
- Low sex drive
- Hot flashes
Hormone replacement therapy may be initiated immediately following surgery to reduce symptoms. The physicians will review all your hormonal options before surgery, so you know what to expect and your treatment options.
If you're experiencing gynecological issues and have questions about your options, including a hysterectomy, call the office or use the convenient online booking agent to schedule a consultation.