The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is never taken lightly, since it effectively puts an end to your ability to have children. Still, there are times when the procedure is unavoidable and Dr. Daniel B. Channell, gynecologist at the Channell Wellness & Aesthetics in Rancho Cucamonga, California, understands this. Which is why he uses the latest technology in robotic surgery to lower your risks and increase your chances of a successful outcome.
In its simplest terms, a hysterectomy is the removal of a woman’s uterus, but hysterectomies are often not that simple. Depending on the reasons for your hysterectomy, there are several different options that range from a partial removal to a complete removal of your reproductive organs. Generally the options fall into the following categories:
• A subtotal hysterectomy: Upper part of the uterus is removed, but not the cervix
• A total hysterectomy: Entire uterus and cervix is removed
• A radical hysterectomy: Uterus, surrounding tissue, cervix and the top part of the vagina is removed
• A hysterectomy and bilateral salpingectomy-oophorectomy: Uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries are removed
There are many reasons women undergo a hysterectomy, including:
• Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
• Uterine fibroids that cause pain or bleeding
• Uterine prolapse
• Abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain
Dr. Channell has had great success using the da Vinci® surgical system for performing minimally-invasive hysterectomies. The da Vinci system allows Dr. Channell to make only a few small incisions to allow the entry of a magnified 3D vision system and robotic technology that translates the surgeon’s hand movements into precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
The advantages of the da Vinci robotic surgery over traditional surgery are:
• Shorter hospital stay
• Less blood loss
• Lower complication rate
• Less risk of infection
Dr. Channell will sit down with you to discuss exactly how the surgery will work based on what type of hysterectomy you need.
The extent of your hysterectomy will determine what effects you may feel after. First and foremost, your hysterectomy will relieve you of the symptoms you were experiencing beforehand. Second, you will no longer have the ability to bear children.
After that, and depending on what was removed, you will likely experience the absence of periods and menopause will begin, if your ovaries are removed.
If the hysterectomy spurs you into early menopause, Dr. Channell will work with you on hormone replacement therapies to soften the effects.