Comparing Hysterectomy Procedures
The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is not an easy one to make. Weighing the pros and cons of a surgery that involves removing the uterus, while dealing with health issues ranging from endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain to cancer and abnormal uterine bleeding, is fraught with emotions.
A “complete” or “total” hysterectomy includes the removal of the uterus, tubes, and ovaries, while a partial hysterectomy only involves the removal of the uterus. Today, depending on their condition, some women also must decide between a robotic hysterectomy or laparoscopic hysterectomy. Read below to learn the advantages of each surgery and who’s the best candidate for each.
- The hysterectomy is completed using a laparoscope, a thin, lighted scope outfitted with a camera, to make small incisions.
- This surgery is shorter than its robotic counterpart: two hours versus up to four hours.
- A minimally invasive technique, this is the most common type of hysterectomy performed today.
- This nearly scarless procedure involves the use of a computer to control the instruments during the surgery.
- This type of technologically advanced procedure enables the physician to access tiny spaces easier and with more precision than the conventional laparoscopic surgery.
- Recovery and hospital stay is usually shorter.
- Incisions are smaller than traditional hysterectomy.
- Post-surgery pain is reduced.
Although the robotic hysterectomy recovery is shorter and less painful, the surgery can take double the amount of time of a laparoscopic procedure. A longer surgery translates to more time under anesthesia, which increases the risk of complications. In addition, certain medical conditions may prevent a woman from undergoing this procedure.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Ghozland to discuss the pros and cons of both procedures and decide which one is right for you. Call us today at 310-393-9359 to learn more.