So you need a hysterectomy. What does this mean for you future, your health, and menopause? A hysterectomy is the second most common surgery for women in the United States (the first being a Cesarean section for childbirth). There are about 500,000 hysterectomies performed on women each year, and we should know how a hysterectomy affects our daily lives, and what to expect after the surgery in order to make an informed decision that’s right for each one of us.
There are different types of hysterectomies, and different ways to have the surgery, including abdominal surgery, laparoscopic, and robotic. Our own Dr. Lynn Kowalski has performed countless surgeries over the years since she founded the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center in 2005. She personally encourages and recommends that patients bring in a list of questions they have to ask their doctor about the procedure and the healing process. Here is a basic list to help you get started and inspire you to come up with your own questions to ask your doctor:
Which organs and structures do you plan to remove?
Will you be using an abdominal, vaginal or laparoscopic technique? Can you explain the pros and cons of each technique?
Why are you recommending this type of hysterectomy rather than one of the many other types of hysterectomies?
How long should I expect to be in surgery and in the hospital afterwards?
Will the surgery you are recommending cause menopause?
Is this surgery a cure, or just a treatment?
Will I continue to need regular pap smears after a hysterectomy?
How long after surgery will treatment be delayed for my cancer while I heal from this procedure?
When will it be safe to have sex after surgery?
When will I be able to take a bath or swim after surgery?
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Dr. Kowalski is proud to serve Las Vegas, and specializes in the minimally invasive robotic surgery using the Da Vinci Surgery System to leave few scars and a faster recovery time for the patient. She recently celebrated the achievement of performing her 1,000 robotic hysterectomy surgery. Dr. Kowalski is experienced and compassionate. If you are in need of a hysterectomy, contact us on our website or call 702-739-6467 for more information or to make an appointment.