A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is designed to remove a woman’s uterus. Since this surgery makes it impossible to get pregnant, it is usually only performed on women suffering serious and painful symptoms. The most common reasons to get a hysterectomy are heavy bleeding, painful cramps, uterine fibroids and uterine cancer. While this surgery used to require a long incision on the stomach and weeks of recovery, that is no longer the case thanks to the same-day hysterectomy. It is now possible to get a minimally-invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy that will allow you to go home a couple hours after the surgery is completed.
The best thing about the same-day hysterectomy procedure is that it can be done on almost any woman. The development of uterine cancer is the only thing that will prevent you from qualifying for a laparoscopic hysterectomy. You will have to decide whether you want to keep your ovaries before getting the surgery. If you have a family history of ovarian cancer, then it is usually recommended that you have them removed during the hysterectomy.
The same-day hysterectomy procedure is performed by Dr. Sherry Thomas in the comfort of her office. A small camera will be inserted into the body through the belly button. This will allow our doctor to see inside your stomach without making a large incision. A special surgical tool is then used to remove the uterus through tiny openings.
Once the procedure is completed, there will be a brief period of observation. If there are no complications, then you will be able to go home after spending two or three hours in the recovery room, depending on the situation. This is a far better alternative than spending days in the hospital recovering from a traditional hysterectomy.
Everyone recovers at their own pace, so you should return to your normal activities once you are fully healed. While you may feel fine after some time, it is still recommended to abstain from exercise and sex for a set amount of time after the same-day hysterectomy.
Dr. Sherry Thomas is proud to offer same-day hysterectomy procedures using the innovative daVinci Surgery System. You can learn more about the benefits of this procedure during a consultation at her office in Agoura Hills. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!