Hysterectomy & Alternatives Specialist

Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG

OB/GYN located in Greenacres, FL

You may need to have a hysterectomy or an alternative procedure if you experience excessive menstrual bleeding, a great deal of pelvic pain, or other medical issues. Leroy Charles, MD, FACOG, in Greenacres, Florida, is happy to discuss the hysterectomy and alternative procedures with you to ensure that you find the right solution for your health.

Hysterectomy & Alternatives Q & A

What is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which the uterus is removed. Dr. Charles can perform several types of hysterectomy and will help you choose the right option for your specific situation.

Laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomies are the most advanced options. These types of surgery are less invasive and allow for faster healing. An open hysterectomy is the most traditional, but it requires more extensive incisions and a longer healing time.

Are Ovaries or Fallopian Tubes Removed in a Hysterectomy?

The ovaries and fallopian tubes are generally not removed in a hysterectomy. However, some patients do need to have their ovaries, fallopian tubes, or both removed at the time of their hysterectomy. This requires:

  • An oophorectomy (ovary removal)
  • A salpingectomy (fallopian tube removal)
  • Salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries and the fallopian tubes)

You should have all necessary procedures performed simultaneously to avoid having to undergo additional anesthesia in the future.

How Does a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Work?

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is now the most common type of hysterectomy. During this surgery, the patient is under either local or general anesthesia. Small incisions — less than an inch each — are made in the navel area. A miniature camera is placed into one of these incisions, which allows for a highly detailed view of the surgical site.

Surgical instruments are also placed through the tiny incisions, and the uterus is removed through the incisions as well. The whole procedure is much shorter and easier than an open hysterectomy. Hospital stays with this procedure can be as short as a day, and recovery can be as little as a week or two.

What are the Alternatives to Hysterectomy?

Some of the alternatives to hysterectomy can include:

  • A laparoscopy to remove endometriosis
  • A uterine ablation to remove the entire uterine lining
  • Hormonal management of your symptoms

Dr. Charles and his team are ready to work with you closely until they find the best solution to alleviate your symptoms.