Summa surgeons perform all three types of hysterectomies, which are:
- Partial, subtotal or supracervical hysterectomy removes just the uterus, leaving the cervix attached to the vagina.
- Complete or total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus and the cervix.
- Radical hysterectomy– usually performed when cancer is present -- removes the entire uterus, the tissue on both sides of the cervix and the upper part of the vagina.
There are several surgical techniques used to perform a hysterectomy including:
- Abdominal (also referred to as an 'open' hysterectomy) is performed through an incision made in the lower part of the abdomen.
- Vaginal hysterectomy is performed through an incision made in the upper part of the vagina. The uterus is removed through the incision which is then closed with stitches.
- Laparoscopic is performed by making three or four small incisions in the abdomen to insert the laparoscope and other instruments. After the uterus and/or cervix are detached from the vagina, the surgeon either removes the tissue through the vagina or through the incisions.
- Laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is when the surgeon performs the initial part laparoscopically, while the remainder of the procedure is done vaginally. The uterus is removed through the vagina.
- Robotic-assisted hysterectomy is performed by a surgeon using a special machine (robot) to conduct the surgery through small incisions in the abdomen, much like a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Though called a robot, the machine does not act on its own, but is an extension of the surgeon's hands. They control the robot's actions, which translates hand movements into small, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. The robot's camera and lighting system also provide the surgeon with a magnified, high-definition, three-dimensional (3D) view of the surgical field.
Summa Health System leads the market in advanced minimally invasive surgery, using the advanced DaVinci robotic system. Our highly experienced surgeons lead the market with surgeon training, including fellowships in robotic and advanced minimally invasive surgery with the goal of quality healthcare for women.
Minimally invasive robotic surgery may not be the best option for everyone. Your surgeon can explain all of the surgical options available for hysterectomy, including whether you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery.
In addition, for many of our patients, we are able to offer same-day surgery. That means, barring any unforeseen consequences, the woman can go home to recover from her surgery within hours of the procedure.
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- Why and when a hysterectomy is necessary
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