Hysterectomy comes from the Greek words "hysteron" which means uterus or womb and "ectomy" which means excision or removal.
In cases such as cancer or some other pathology, unfortunately, there is almost no choice except to remove the uterus. Gynecology Surgeon Thanos Paraschos has extensive experience in laparoscopic removal of the uterus and vaginal hysterectomy. His specialization work involves infertility treatments and restoration.
Hysterectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. The removal of the uterus can be complete or partial, that is leaving the cervix behind for women that desire so, given that no medical contraindication exists.
Many times the ovaries and tubes are removed along with the uterus. Hysterectomy is an irreversible procedure after which a woman is no longer able to become pregnant or have a period.
There are many indications for performing a hysterectomy. These include:
- Leiomyomas (Fibroid tumors) that are rapidly enlarging and/or cause symptoms such as: Pelvic pain, pressure (constipation, urinary frequency, heaviness and bloating) as well as heavy or irregular bleeding or both
- Uterine prolapse (when the uterus is protruding low into the vagina causing infections, pressure or pain)
- Ovarian, Cervical or Uterine Cancer
Given that Hysterectomy is a final, permanent and definite treatment for most of the above-mentioned procedures, it should be performed in patients that have failed conservative surgery or medical treatment (with Hormones and other medicine).
Our center offers state of the art consultation to tailor the treatment based on the individual medical condition and needs of our patients. In addition our large experience in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery offers to our patients the benefits of definite treatment of Hysterectomy coupled with a short hospital stay and fast recovery.
The procedure is performed in most circumstances on an outpatient basis with usually less than 24 hours hospital stay (compared to a usual 3-day stay after an "open" abdominal approach). Recovery is faster (approximately 1-2 weeks) compared to that of traditional abdominal surgery (4-6 weeks).
Dr Paraschos experience in laparoscopic surgery has helped thousands of patients be symptom free and healthy for more than two decades.
Uterus removal is a very serious decision.
Talk to an experienced gynecology surgeon about it.