Often times a partial hysterectomy is the preferred choice to other hysterectomy surgery options due to the decreased risk of complications, both before and after the surgery. A partial hysterectomy is where the uterus is removed but the cervix and ovaries are not. Removal of the cervix can cause complications, like prolapse, later on.
Partial hysterectomies can be performed in multiple ways. The most common way is by removing the uterus through a small incision on the abdomen. A vaginal hysterectomy is also an option, although, it is not recommended for those with an enlarged uterus. Laparoscopic hysterectomy can be used for additional assistance as well. Two or three small incisions are made during a laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure.
One complication that women having a partial hysterectomy should know is that there is an increased risk of cervical cancer because the cervix is intact. If a woman has uterine cancer, a total hysterectomy may be the best option. This is something that should be discussed with your doctor to determine what the best option for your individual case. It is important to continue to have a consistent pap test after a partial hysterectomy.
It is recommended to find support from friends and family when going through a hysterectomy. It is also important to find a qualified surgeon to teach you about all of your options. Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care, a cancer center in Las Vegas, have been the region’s leaders in robotic surgery since 2005. If you have questions or concerns, please contact NVSCC through our contact page or call us at 702-739-6467.