Hysterectomy Procedures

Below is a guide to all of the hysterectomy procedures offered by Greenville OB/GYN. Explore the topic areas, read the brief descriptions of the procedures, and click through to learn more specific information about preparing for the procedure, and what you should expect after the procedure.

It's important to note that this information is not completely comprehensive, and is intended to provide an overview of the procedure and your care. You should always have a thorough discussion with your physician prior to any procedure. Also, it's important to note that, as with any procedure, there are risks, but these procedures are generally safe. Many of the risks closely associated with these procedures are very rare; once again, you should have a more detailed conversation with your physician about the risks and benefits of each procedure.

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Hysteroscopy 

What is a hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is a procedure in which the doctor uses a hysteroscope to look at the inside of your uterus.  A hysteroscope is a thin tube with a tiny camera.  The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina.  Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus.

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Laparoscopic Assisted Supracervical Hysterectomy 

What is a laparoscopic assisted supracervical hysterectomy?

A laparoscopic assisted supracervical hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through four tiny abdominal incisions less than one quarter to one half an inch in length usually leaving the cervix in place. Removal of the tubes and ovaries can also be done if desired.  Hysterectomy can be subdivided into a total hysterectomy, which includes removal of the uterus and cervix, or sub-total hysterectomy, removal of only the upper part of the uterus and leaving the cervix in place (as in supracervical). The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus. In a laparoscopic assisted supracervical hysterectomy, the doctor uses a tool called a laparoscope to help with the removal. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera.

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Vaginal Hysterectomy Assisted with Laparoscopy 

What is a vaginal hysterectomy assisted with laparoscopy?

A vaginal hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through the vagina. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus.

In a vaginal hysterectomy assisted with laparoscopy, the doctor uses a tool called a laparoscope to help with the removal. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera.

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Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy and Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy 

What is a vaginal hysterectomy assisted with laparoscopy and a bilateral salpingo oophorectomy?

A vaginal hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through the vagina. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus. A bilateral salpingo oophorectomy is a surgery to remove both ovaries and both fallopian tubes.

In a vaginal hysterectomy and a bilateral salpingo oophorectomy assisted with laparoscopy, the doctor uses a tool called a laparoscope to help with the removal. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera.

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Abdominal Hysterectomy 

What is an abdominal hysterectomy?

An abdominal hysterectomy is a procedure in which the uterus is removed through a cut in the abdomen. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus. Other female organs may also be removed when the uterus is removed:

  • A radical hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic lymph nodes.
  • A total hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and the cervix, but not the ovaries or tubes.
  • A subtotal hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, but the ovaries, cervix, and fallopian tubes are left in place.

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Abdominal Hysterectomy & Bilateral Salingo Oophorectomy 

What is abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salingo oophorectomy?

An abdominal hysterectomy is when the uterus and the cervix are removed through an incision in the lower abdomen. A bilateral salingo oopherectomy is the removal or both ovaries and fallopian tubes.

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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy 

What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through four tiny abdominal incisions less than one quarter to one half an inch in length. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus. In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the doctor uses a tool called a laparoscope to help with the removal. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera.

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Vaginal Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo Oophorectomy 

What is a vaginal hysterectomy?

A vaginal hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through the vagina. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus.

What is a bilateral salpingo oophorectomy?

A bilateral salpingo oophorectomy is sometimes done in combination with other procedures and involves the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.

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Vaginal Hysterectomy 

What is a vaginal hysterectomy?

A vaginal hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus through the vagina. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus.

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Unilateral or Bilateral Salpingo Oopherectomy 

What is unilateral or bilateral salpingo oopherectomy?

A unilateral salpingo oopherectomy is a procedure in which the ovary and fallopian tube on one side of the body is removed. A bilateral salpingo oopherectomy is when both fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed.

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