By the age of 60, one in three women in the U.S. has had a hysterectomy,
a surgery to remove the uterus. Traditionally, the surgery has involved
a large incision to open the abdomen. Now, many women are exercising their
option to find relief through less invasive hysterectomy procedures.
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
St. Joseph Hospital physicians offer Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH),
requiring just three small “band-aid incisions.” When compared
to the more commonly used method of cutting open the abdomen, TLH is associated
with less pain, reduced blood loss, less scarring, less time in surgery
and a shorter hospital stay, and faster return to normal activities. Women
having TLH have been so pleased with their relief and results that they
often say they wished they'd had the procedure sooner.
Another type of procedure offered at St. Joseph Hospital is a robotic hysterectomy.
During the robotic-assisted procedure, your surgeon performs the hysterectomy
with surgical instruments that are passed through small abdominal incisions.
The robotic surgical system provides surgeons with an enhanced, 3D view
of the surgical site, which allows for greater precision and control.
You're also likely to experience less pain and scarring along with
reduced risk of infection and blood loss with robotic surgery. Many patients
are often able to resume their normal activities more quickly than they
could compared with open surgery.
If you suffer from a condition that may require a hysterectomy, talk to
your doctor about your options. If you need a referral to a St. Joseph
Hospital gynecologist, please call our Physician Referral line at (877)