Hysterectomy Specialist

Pavilion for Women's Health and Wellness

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Miami, FL

The thought of needing a hysterectomy can be scary to many women. However, you’re in excellent hands at Pavilion for Women’s Health in Miami. Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon help women understand what to expect before, during, and after this routine procedure to provide you with the best possible experience. For a personalized consultation, contact the practice today by calling or scheduling an in-person visit online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes your uterus. In most cases, your doctor removes the whole uterus, and may also remove the cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. 

Who is a candidate for a hysterectomy?

You may need a hysterectomy if you have pain or heavy bleeding due to uterine fibroids, which are noncancerous growths that develop in the uterus.

Other reasons for a hysterectomy include uterine prolapse, which is when the uterus slips down into the vagina, or unusual vaginal bleeding, caused by a hormone imbalance, infections, or fibroids. Women who have cancer of the reproductive organs or endometriosis might also need a hysterectomy.

What kinds of hysterectomies are performed?

Depending on the nature of your problem, your physician may perform a less or more invasive surgery:

  • Partial or Supracervical Hysterectomy: removal of the upper portion of the uterus
  • Total Hysterectomy: removal of the entire uterus and the cervix
  • Radical Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus,  cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, parts of the vagina, and any other tissue surrounding these 

How is a hysterectomy performed?

Your physician at Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness can perform a hysterectomy in several ways, including:

  • Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: performed by two or three small incisions in the belly, one for a camera, and one to remove the uterus, or two near the hips to remove the uterus and other organs (least invasive, shortest recovery period), with or without the robotic  assist
  • Vaginal Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus through the vagina (possible when the patient has already had a baby, minimally invasive)
  • Abdominal Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus and other organs through a surgical cut in the lower abdomen 

What happens after a hysterectomy?

After a hysterectomy, you can expect to feel relief from the problems you were experiencing. It usually takes a few weeks to recover, and you should plan on getting plenty of rest. Avoid lifting any heavy objects for four to six weeks after your surgery.

Some women feel a sense of loss after a hysterectomy, specifically around the ability to have children. Menopause may occur if the ovaries are removed.

You may have a change in sexual feelings, or you could also have an increased risk for other health problems, such as heart disease.

To schedule a personalized consultation about hysterectomy options with Pavilion for Women’s Health and Wellness, book an appointment online or call the office today.