Hysterectomy - Virtually Scarless
Symptoms & Conditions:
- Chronic Pain
- Heavy Bleeding
- Pelvic Prolapse
Many benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, including the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Common benign conditions include: fibroids, which are growths in and/or around the uterus; endometriosis, which occurs when your uterine lining grows outside the uterus; adenomyosis, which occurs when your uterine lining grows into the wall of the uterus; and pelvic prolapse, which is the slipping of the uterus, vagina and/or bladder.
Gynecologic conditions can cause many different symptoms or no symptoms at all. Some of the
more common symptoms may include: pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, fatigue, unusual bloating, pain during intercourse, and infertility.
If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest medicine, lifestyle changes or surgery. Surgical options will depend on your exact condition, symptoms and overall health.
Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy (removal of your uterus and possibly ovaries and fallopian tubes). About one-third of all U.S. women have a hysterectomy by age 60. There are different ways to perform a hysterectomy, as detailed below. You should discuss all options with your doctor if he/she recommends a hysterectomy.
Single-Site® Surgery: A Virtually Scarless Procedure
With Single-Site Surgery, your doctor removes your uterus and possibly your ovaries and fallopian tubes through your belly button using state-of-the-art instruments. Patients who choose Single-Site Surgery experience virtually scarless results, similar to single incision traditional laparoscopy.
As a result of this technology, Single-Site Hysterectomy at Adventist Health in Portland offers the following potential benefits:
- Low blood loss
- Low rate of converting to traditional laparoscopy and open surgery
- Low rate of complications
- Short hospital stay
- Small incision for virtually scarless results
Risks & Considerations Related to Hysterectomy, including Single-Site Surgery:
Potential risks of any hysterectomy include:
- Blocked lung artery
- Urinary tract injury
- Blocked bowel
- Pelvic abscess
- Wound infection