Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus, which is the organ at the top of the birth canal. Dr. Pizarro
performs this procedure to treat patients with problems of the uterus for which other therapies have
not worked, are less effective, or are less desired by the patient.
Indications for hysterectomy include heavy periods, pelvic prolapse, and cervical precancer (dysplasia).
Hysterectomy can be performed either by removing the uterus through a single large incision on the abdomen,
by using several much smaller incisions (laparoscopy), or by delivering the uterus entirely from below
without any skin incisions (vaginal hysterectomy). Most hysterectomies for women without cancer can be
performed either vaginally or with very small incisons. These surgeries are less painful and allow quicker
recovery than if a single larger incision is needed.
Since 2005, Dr. Pizarro has offered hysterectomy using advanced computerized laparoscopy (robotics). This
technique makes it much easier to perform surgeries through small incisions that in the past would have
required a very large incision. There are many alternatives to hysterectomy and robotic surgery, so women
must choose the treatment they feel is best for them.
Research has shown that most women who undergo hysterectomy are very satisfied with the result. When a woman
is well informed about her condition and the surgery itself, she is likely to have a positive experience.
Patients should be active in the decision-making process leading to hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy can involve removing the entire uterus (total hysterectomy) with or without removal of one or
more the ovary, depending on the patient's age and needs. Evidence is growing that removing the fallopian
tubes at the time of hysterectomy will help decrease the future risk of ovarian cancer. Dr. Pizarro recommends
that each woman have her treatment individualized to meet her special needs. The risks of hysterectomy or any
other major surgery include death, infection, injury to organs and other unexpected events or treatments. The
rate of complications is low and specific measures to prevent complications are employed. There are
alternatives to hysterectomy in many cases. It is important for women to know the risks and benefits of
hysterectomy if you have a problem that requires surgery.
Call today to see if hysterectomy may be right for you.