By definition, a hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Your Seasons provider will talk with you concerning a variety of factors that will help determine the type of hysterectomy that will be best for you.
Your recovery time and discomfort will vary based upon the type of hysterectomy your surgeon recommends.
During an abdominal hysterectomy, your Seasons surgeon will make an incision in your abdomen, similar to a cesarean section. The surgeon will use this incision to remove the uterus and other reproductive organs (if necessary).
A benefit of the abdominal hysterectomy is that it gives the surgeon an excellent view of the uterus and other reproductive organs. It also allows for the removal of large fibroids. Because the surgeon has plenty of room to work, he or she is able to view any scarring from previous surgeries.
Unfortunately, an abdominal hysterectomy does leave a scar, has a longer recovery time, and involves more discomfort.
A vaginal hysterectomy, as suggested, means the uterus is excised and removed through the vagina. During this type of hysterectomy, your Seasons' surgeon will make an incision near the top of the vagina. Your surgeon will use this incision to cut and tie off ligaments, blood vessels and fallopian tubes.
The surgery and hospital stay are typically shorter than with a vaginal hysterectomy. Additionally, women are able to return to normal activities within about four weeks. A vaginal hysterectomy is a less invasive experience and offers minimal scarring. As would be expected, this type of hysterectomy involves less discomfort.