A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus to eliminate problems caused by fibroids, uterine prolapse, cancer, endometriosis, adenomyosis, and more. The hysterectomy is a permanent solution and is only performed when a woman is past childbearing age, does not want children, or has finished having children.
Women can have a partial hysterectomy, where only the uterus is removed or a complete hysterectomy in which all sexual reproductive organs are removed.
Dr. Longoria has experience performing robotic, laparoscopic, transvaginal, and abdominal hysterectomies. The method Dr. Longoria chooses will depend on why he’s performing the procedure.
About 65% of hysterectomies are performed using the abdominal procedure. During this procedure, an incision is made in the abdomen and the uterus is removed. This typically requires at least a two-day stay in the hospital.
Robotic, laparoscopic, and transvaginal hysterectomies are all considered minimally invasive and leave little scarring.
Transvaginal: this procedure requires a small incision to be made in the vagina, through which the uterus is removed. No visible scar is left.
Robotic: when a hysterectomy is performing using the robotic technique Dr. Longoria controls a robotic arm through a small incision to complete the surgery.
Laparoscopic: during a laparoscopic procedure several small incisions are made, through which the doctor performs the procedure from outside of the body.