Hysterectomy

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

When you have serious issues affecting your reproductive health, you may need a hysterectomy. To ensure you receive the highest standard of care, the medical team at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology offers comprehensive hysterectomy services at their offices in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois. The doctors create a customized surgical plan based on your needs and offer the latest in minimally invasive surgery technologies. Learn more about hysterectomy services today by calling the office nearest you or by booking a consultation online now.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. Typically, the surgery involves the removal of only the uterus, but you may also need to have the fallopian tubes and/or ovaries taken out as well.

Generally reserved as a last resort for treating certain conditions or symptoms, the RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology staff may only recommend a hysterectomy if you have serious health issues or if you’re done having children. Once they remove the uterus, you won’t be able to become pregnant.

Why do I need a hysterectomy?

You may be a candidate for a hysterectomy if you have cancer of the uterus or other reproductive organs or if you have underlying health issues like:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal or heavy bleeding

You may also need a hysterectomy if you have uterine prolapse, a condition where the uterus falls down into the vaginal canal. This type of prolapse is common after multiple vaginal births or due to the weakening of the muscles that support your uterus when you reach menopause.

To determine if a hysterectomy is right for you, your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider reviews your medical history, your family history, and your existing health. They also discuss your plans for a family.

What can I expect during a hysterectomy?

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology staff have experience in several hysterectomy techniques, including laparoscopic hysterectomies.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

During laparoscopy surgery, your provider inserts a laparoscope, a special instrument that contains a small camera and light, through a small incision in your abdomen. They use specialized surgical instruments through the laparoscope to remove the uterus and other structures when necessary.

Vaginal hysterectomy

A vaginal hysterectomy removes the uterus, and fallopian tubes and ovaries, if needed, through the vaginal canal and does not require any incisions.

Depending on your situation, the team also offers traditional open hysterectomy that requires longer incisions in the abdomen to remove the uterus.

How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy?

If you have a laparoscopic hysterectomy, you can expect to recover faster than with a traditional open surgery. Because the incisions are much smaller, you can expect them to heal within 3-4 weeks of your procedure. Open incisions can take 4-6 weeks or longer.

Immediately after surgery, you should plan time to rest and will need to limit your activities, especially strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology provider monitors your recovery and can recommend the right time to return to your usual routine.

To learn more about your options for a hysterectomy, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology today or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation at the office nearest you.