Total Abdominal Hysterectomy With Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy

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This procedure is a combination of two procedures: Hysterectomy refers to the removal of the uterus, and a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy is the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Women who have this procedure are no longer able to become pregnant or have periods. If you’re considering a full hysterectomy or feel it might be medically beneficial, Jill Gibson, MD, can help you understand your options.

Conditions Treated By This Surgery

If you experience heavy periods or endometriosis, your gynecologist may recommend this procedure. A thoughtful consultation with your doctor can help determine if this is the right course of treatment for you.

What To Expect From A Total Hysterectomy With Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy 

This is major surgery administered under general anesthesia. Once you are sedated, your surgeon performs the surgery by making either a vertical or horizontal incision along your lower abdomen. The uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed through this incision.

Expect to remain in the hospital for at least two days following your surgery. You will be monitored to ensure the procedure was successful and encouraged to begin walking and moving around. Full recovery can take up to six weeks, and you’ll receive aftercare instructions from your physician. These include appropriate post-surgery activity levels, things to avoid doing and best practices to ensure a full, safe recovery.

Risks Of Total Hysterectomy With Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy

As with any major surgery, there are some risks involved. Your presurgical consultation with your gynecologist will cover common risks and side effects and a personal assessment of what to expect from your body.

Common side effects include:

  • Vaginal discharge or bleeding for up to two weeks
  • Soreness and swelling around the incision area
  • Some numbness around the incision area
  • Cramps

If you experience any other issues after surgery, you should contact your doctor immediately for further instruction.

Contact Dr. Gibson For Treatment Today

Women have unique health concerns. Dr. Gibson is a qualified, board-certified physician available to treat a variety of women’s health needs, from prenatal care to major surgeries. Give our office a call or visit us online for more information and to schedule your consultation.