The simple definition of a hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. However, depending on the reason for surgery, it could also involve the removal of other organs and tissues, such as the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes.
There are approximately 600,000 hysterectomy surgeries performed each year. Fortunately, 90% of these cases are for non-cancerous ailments, such as fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding and uterine prolapse.
Even more surprising than the amount of hysterectomies performed each year, is the fact that 60% of them are still being performed by laparotomy, involving a large abdominal incision. There are cases that will warrant the need for a laparotomy. For those that do not, Dr. Jeyalingam prefers minimally invasive surgical options, of which reduce postoperative pain, as well as decrease blood loss, hospital stay and recovery time.
Dr. Jeyalingam’s preferred methods for hysterectomy are vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopy. Vaginal hysterectomy does not require an incision, but instead, the uterus is removed through the vagina. Interested to learn more about laparoscopy? Click here!