For women with painful uterine fibroids, cancer, or endometriosis, a hysterectomy may be the best option to relieve symptoms and preserve overall health. The team at Southern Women's Specialists Gynecology and Urogynecology in Fairhope, Alabama specializes in gynecology and urogynecology. They perform 99% of all hysterectomy surgeries by utilizing minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, so there’s no need for a large incision, and recovery time is much shorter than with traditional surgical methods. If you’re in Fairhope, Alabama, or the surrounding area and suffer from a painful uterine condition, call or schedule an appointment online to learn about your options.


What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a procedure in which your uterus and cervix are surgically removed. It’s not always necessary to remove your ovaries during a hysterectomy. The team at Southern Women's Specialists Gynecology and Urogynecology performs hysterectomies to treat many different health conditions. Some common reasons you may need a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids that chronically cause pain, bleeding, and other issues
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine, cervix, or ovary cancers
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Thickening of the uterus

The team of providers typically performs hysterectomies for non-cancerous reasons after exploring all other noninvasive treatment options.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

Traditional hysterectomies, known as total abdominal hysterectomies, involve a large incision in your abdomen, much like that of a C-section incision. Your uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries can all be removed through this incision. This method requires a two-day hospital stay and a full six week recovery period.

For nearly all of their patients, the team uses the laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) or the total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) to perform this type of surgery. With LAVH and TLH, one of the doctors inserts a tiny camera through your belly button using the da Vinci® Surgery system so they can see into your pelvic area. A couple other small incisions in your lower abdomen just above your pubic bone allow other instruments to assist with the surgery.

Your uterus and cervix can be removed through a small vaginal incision, as well as your fallopian tubes and ovaries if necessary. The advantages of LAVH and TLH include:

  • Only 10-23 hours in the surgery center or hospital
  • Ability to drive after about a week
  • Can return to part-time work after two weeks and full-time work after three weeks
  • Can resume sexual intercourse and regular exercise routines after about six weeks
  • No large abdominal incisions

What is the da Vinci Surgery system?

The da Vinci Surgery robotic system is an advanced laparoscopic technology that allows the team at Southern Women's Specialists Gynecology and Urogynecology to perform the minimally invasive LAVH and TLH hysterectomy surgeries. The da Vinci system makes it possible to perform complicated surgeries through tiny incisions and the use of a powerful 3D camera system. With this system, the doctors have more control and increased surgical precision over their instruments.

As a patient, you get the advantages of a less painful procedure, less blood loss, minimal scarring, and a quicker recovery time.

Learn more about the advanced technologies used at Southern Women's Specialists Gynecology and Urogynecology. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation today.



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