Hysterectomy in Millcreek, UT
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What Is A Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgery that is done to remove the uterus. The uterus may be removed for a variety of reasons, and the procedure can be performed vaginally, laparoscopically or robotically. When you schedule an appointment with our team at Phase II Center for Women's Health in Millcreek, UT, we perform a thorough evaluation to best determine your diagnosis. We take the time to educate and help you understand your diagnosis and treatment options so that you can make the right choice for your health. After a hysterectomy, you will no longer have a menstrual period or have the ability to become pregnant. We usually leave ovaries so you don't experience menopause at the time of the surgery.
What Are the Benefits of a Hysterectomy?
Possible benefits of a hysterectomy performed at Phase II Center for Women’s Health in Millcreek, UT include:
- Vaginal, laparoscopic, and robotic options
- Relief from chronic pain and/or heavy or irregular bleeding
- Eliminates the risk of uterine cancer
- Cuts down the likelihood of getting ovarian or endometrial cancer
- Prevents future menstruation
- Addresses fibroids, fibroid tumors, and uterine prolapse
- Downtime may be as short as a few days
Who Is A Good Candidate for A Hysterectomy?
There are several reasons why removing a uterus may be the necessary option to help you enhance overall wellness. At Phase II Center for Women's Health, our team is devoted to finding solutions that make the most sense for your life. A hysterectomy could be a viable option if you have:
- Heavy and/or irregular bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine prolapse
- Fibroid tumors
For additional information about this surgery or to learn more about whether or not you would be a good candidate, schedule an appointment at our Millcreek, UT practice. We will go over your options and craft a treatment plan that works for you.
What Should I Expect After A Hysterectomy?
The recovery process varies from patient to patient and can be dependent on which surgical technique was used during the procedure. In general, however, laparoscopic or robotic hysterectomies are associated with shorter recovery times than a vaginal hysterectomy. For laparoscopic and robotic surgeries, your downtime will usually be somewhere between a few days and two weeks. For a vaginal procedure, the downtime is often 3 – 4 weeks. After this initial recovery, you should begin to have significant relief from your previous life-altering pain, provided your ovaries were not removed during the surgery. In the rare cases where the team at Phase II Center for Women’s Health does remove your ovaries, you will likely begin experiencing menopause symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings during the surgical recovery period. Hormone replacement therapies may be necessary to address these symptoms and hormonal changes associated with removing the ovaries.
In December 2016, Dr. Graul performed surgery on me that included a total hysterectomy, rectocele repair, and urethral sling. I had literally ZERO PAIN in recovery and never took more than a few ibuprofen just to make sure the first few days. Her bedside manner is absolutely wonderful and the women at the desk where you check in are warm and kind in a way I haven’t experienced before in a doctor’s office. (Not so much one of Dr. Graul’s assistants, though-my only negative.) Dr. Graul was thoroug
Dr Graul is incredible. She listened to all my concerns and needs and made it happen. I had been looking for a doctor for almost 10 years to do a hysterectomy and she is the first to say yes. It was the best decision. Recovery was a breeze. I didn’t take any major pain killers other than ibuprofen after day 3 and was back to work full time after 1 week. Highly recommend Dr Graul!
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Will I have a scar after my hysterectomy?
A traditional abdominal/open hysterectomy does leave a scar, but we offer newer hysterectomy techniques that do not leave scars or only involve minimal scarring, like a vaginal and laparoscopic (robotic-assisted) hysterectomy. During your consultation, we will explain the benefits of each and review your medical history to help you decide which hysterectomy option is right for your needs.
Does a hysterectomy cause menopause?
If the ovaries are removed, yes, patients will go through menopause; however, at Phase II Center for Women’s Health, we typically leave the ovaries so you will not go through menopause at the time of your surgery.
How long is recovery after a hysterectomy?
The typical recovery period from an abdominal/open hysterectomy is about six weeks. After a laparoscopic (robotic-assisted) hysterectomy, most will be able to return to light, regular activities within about 3 – 4 days, with full recovery in about 4 – 6 weeks. Recovery from a vaginal hysterectomy is typically shorter and less painful than an abdominal hysterectomy, with full recovery in about 3 – 4 weeks. During your consultation and after your procedure, we will give you instructions on any restrictions and recommendations to help ensure your recovery is as quick and successful as possible.