Radical Hysterectomy In Covington, LA
What Is A Radical Hysterectomy?
A radical hysterectomy is performed to treat cervical and uterine cancer. This surgical procedure removes the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, pelvic lymph nodes, the upper portion of the vagina and some surrounding tissue. More tissue is removed in radical hysterectomy than in other types of hysterectomies because it is intended to treat not only the cancer in the cervix, but the adjacent areas into which the cancer may have advanced. This procedure is done by a Gynecologist, not a general Ob/Gyn. Dr. Gibson can discuss this with you should cancer be part of your diagnosis.
The Surgical Procedure
There are several ways a hysterectomy can be performed. The traditional surgical method involves removal of the uterus and other tissues through an incision in the abdomen or vaginally.
A laparoscope may be inserted through the umbilicus to view and remove the uterus through the vagina. Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive than the traditional approach, and in some cases, a laparoscope is used to perform surgery through a number of tiny incisions in the abdomen. Depending on the type of procedure your doctor recommends, surgery can take 1-3 hours to complete.
Before the procedure, you will undergo blood and urine tests, an enema or bowel prep, and receive an IV to administer any necessary medication and fluids. Dr. Gibson will explain everything you need to know about the surgery, address any concerns and answer any questions you may have. Before surgery begins, general anesthesia will be administered, which will put you in a deep sleep and prevent you from feeling pain. Following surgery, you will be transported to a recovery room, where you’ll slowly regain consciousness.
Complete recovery from a hysterectomy takes 6-8 weeks. During this time, you should avoid vigorous exercise and exertion. You will most likely have some discomfort at the site of the incision for 4-6 weeks. You can gently wash the area with soap and water. The stitches will dissolve on their own.
When ovaries are removed, you will experience menopausal hormonal changes, which can lead to a variety of physical and emotional changes. Dr. Gibson can advise you on the best course of action to deal with the changes that are occurring and answer any questions you may have about your symptoms, sexual activity, and overall health.
To learn more about radical hysterectomy and other gynecological services we offer, contact Jill Gibson, MD, to schedule an appointment today.