Arizona Women's Health Partners
OB-GYNs located in Mesa, AZ
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. In some cases, other reproductive organs are also removed during this procedure. Thomas Bickley, DO, and Eericca Bickley, DO, of Arizona Women’s Health Partners offer minimally invasive options to women who need hysterectomies in Mesa, AZ and serving Gilbert, AZ. Women can learn more about this procedure by contacting Arizona Women’s Health Partners.
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which some or all of the uterus is removed from the body. During a hysterectomy, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca may also remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries, depending on the patient’s condition and preferences.
When is a hysterectomy necessary?
A hysterectomy may be necessary to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Uterine fibroids
- Severe endometriosis
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Certain types of cancer
Because a hysterectomy ends a woman’s ability to become pregnant, women who want to carry their own children should explore other treatment options before deciding on a hysterectomy.
What types of hysterectomies are available?
Several types of hysterectomies exist, including:
- Vaginal hysterectomy - During a vaginal hysterectomy, the doctor removes the uterus through the vagina. No abdominal incisions are required for this procedure.
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy - During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the doctor removes the uterus through small incisions made in the abdomen.
- Abdominal hysterectomy - In a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, the doctor makes a larger incision in the abdomen to access the uterus and other reproductive organs.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomies?
Minimally invasive hysterectomies, including vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies, offer several benefits over traditional procedures. Because they aren’t as invasive, they’re less likely to cause severe complications, such as bleeding or infection. In addition, they usually involve:
- A shorter hospital stay
- An easier recovery period
- Lower out-of-pocket costs
If a patient opts for a laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca can use robotic surgery to make the procedure safer for the patient. Robotic surgery provides the surgeon with more control and allows for enhanced precision.
What are the risks?
All surgical procedures pose risks to the patient. Some of the risks of a hysterectomy include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Bad reactions to anesthesia
- Damage to nearby tissue or nerves
Less invasive hysterectomies generally pose fewer risks than abdominal hysterectomies. However, less invasive procedures aren’t always possible, especially if the uterus is enlarged. Dr. Thomas or Dr. Eericca will discuss these issues in detail so that patients can understand their options fully and make the choice that’s right for them.
*We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions. Please note to check with your insurance or call the office to make certain that we are on your specific insurance plan as they are constantly changing.*