If you have been diagnosed with symptomatic uterine fibroids and do not want to become pregnant, an abdominal hysterectomy may be the best course of treatment for your condition. The expert physicians and surgeons of the Jefferson Fibroid Center in Philadelphia can help to expertly diagnose and treat your fibroid tumors.
What is an Abdominal Hysterectomy?
An abdominal hysterectomy removes the uterus along with all fibroids through an abdominal incision. This is considered definitive treatment of fibroids. A variation of this procedure, supracervical hysterectomy, leaves the cervix intact. Potential advantages of supracervical hysterectomy include shorter operative time, decreased complication rate, decreased risk of vaginal vault prolapse later on and preserved sexual function.
Women at risk of cervical cancer or with abnormal Pap smears are not candidates for supracervical hysterectomy. Patients should expect to be hospitalized for two days following abdominal hysterectomy, with full recovery within four to six weeks.