Exploring the possibility of a hysterectomy can be incredibly stressful for many women, which is why it’s so important to work with a skilled and compassionate women’s health specialist like Anita Chait, MD, FACOG, of Women’s Laser Center & OB/GYN of New Jersey. Dr. Chait takes the time to explain all available treatment options to the women in Ramsey, New Jersey, who entrust her with their care. If you have questions or concerns about a hysterectomy, schedule a face-to-face consultation with Dr. Chait to learn more. You can set up a visit online or by phone.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus. There are several different types, including:
A hysterectomy was once the preferred treatment path for many gynecologic conditions. Today, however, more conservative treatments are preferred, and a hysterectomy is reserved for conditions in which alternative approaches do not offer results.
There are many conditions that can be treated with a hysterectomy. In most cases, more conservative treatment approaches are attempted before a decision is made to pursue a hysterectomy.
Some of the gynecologic issues treated with a hysterectomy include:
Cancer is the only condition in which a hysterectomy is the preferred treatment path. For all other issues, a less invasive treatment plan is usually pursued before considering a hysterectomy.
Many hysterectomy procedures are performed laparoscopically. A small tube with a light and camera allows Dr. Chait to view your reproductive organs on a screen while she uses incredibly thin surgical tools to remove the targeted organs. This approach can result in faster recovery, less scarring, and a reduced risk of bleeding and surgical complications.
In some cases, a tradition open abdominal surgery is required to remove the uterus and other tissues. This approach will yield more scarring than other options, but allows for a clear view of all reproductive tissues and structures.
Another option is to perform the surgery through the vagina, which requires no abdominal incision at all. This approach yields the fastest recovery time and a quick return to normal daily routines.
Dr. Chait will discuss all available options to give you the details you need to make an informed decision about your care. If you have questions or concerns about a hysterectomy, schedule an appointment today, online or by phone.