Hysterectomy

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

A hysterectomy is the second-most common surgery performed on women of reproductive age in the United States. If you need a hysterectomy for cancer treatment or prevention, or other health concern, Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the experienced team at Palm Valley Women’s Care offer both traditional and minimally invasive procedures. With two locations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona, call your nearest office to schedule your hysterectomy evaluation.

Hysterectomy Q & A

Why do I need a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a personalized procedure that involves removing your uterus, and in some cases, your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or cervix, too. Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy if you have:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments
  • Cancer or risk of cancer of your reproductive organs
  • Thickening of your uterus (adenomyosis) 
  • Uterine prolapse 
  • Endometriosis 
  • Fibroids 

Occasionally, a hysterectomy is recommended for chronic pelvic pain issues that are starting to lower your quality of life. 

What happens during a hysterectomy?

The expert women’s health providers at Palm Valley Women’s Care specialize in all modalities for hysterectomy, including traditional open, laparoscopic, da Vinci® robotics, and vaginal surgeries. These are descriptions of what happens during each type of hysterectomy procedure.

Traditional open surgery

Traditional open surgery, known as an abdominal hysterectomy, involves making a vertical or a horizontal incision in your pelvic area. Your doctor can then remove any of your reproductive organs through the incision, and place sutures to help your wound heal. 

Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy involves making one or more small incisions in your lower abdomen to accommodate the laparoscope, as well as any essential surgical tools. 

The laparoscope sends live images to a monitor for your OB/GYN to view, so they can make precise cuts. This type of hysterectomy is usually recommended only if your cervix can stay intact, but your other reproductive organs need to be removed. 

da Vinci robotic surgery

The state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System robotic procedure involves making three or four incisions near your bellybutton. 

Your OB/GYN uses advanced robotic tools from outside your body to make movements and remove reproductive organs, all while viewing live images on a three-dimensional screen. Dr. Davidson does not perform this service.

Vaginal surgery

A vaginal hysterectomy is performed by making a cut in your vagina. Your OB/GYN can remove any of your reproductive organs entirely vaginally, so no abdominal incisions are necessary. 

Your dedicated OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care spends time counseling you about your condition and helping you decide which type of procedure is right for you. 

How long is the recovery after a hysterectomy?

It depends on your specific procedure, but in any case, a hysterectomy is a major surgery and you should plan your recovery period accordingly. 

You may need to spend a night or two in the hospital, and once you get home, it’s important to have someone with you for the first few days to help you in any way you may need.

Generally, you start feeling more like yourself about a week after a hysterectomy. The OB/GYNs at Palm Valley Women’s Care typically recommend avoiding exercise, strenuous activities, and heavy lifting for about 6-8 weeks. By that time, you can return to all of your normal activities.

If you’re having your ovaries removed as part of your hysterectomy, your dedicated OB/GYN at Palm Valley Women’s Care may recommend getting started on a hormone replacement therapy (HRT) plan, since you’re going to enter menopause. 

Find out if a hysterectomy is right for you by booking an exam at Palm Valley Women’s Care today. You can schedule over the phone with any office location.