If you have severe fibroid tumors, endometriosis, cancer or endometrial hyperplasia, you and your physician may decide that a hysterectomy is the right treatment for you.
Depending upon your condition, you may be a candidate for a partial hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or a total hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus and cervix) using minimally invasive procedures such as laparoscopic or robotic surgery that do not require a large incision to open your abdomen.
What Does Hysterectomy Involve?
Minimally invasive procedures involve your surgeon making several small incisions to access the abdomen. They then remove the uterus and tissue through the openings guided by video images captured by a camera inserted through one of the openings. This approach offers significant benefits which include shorter recovery times, less bleeding and reduced hospital stays.
Why Choose Jefferson for Cancer Treatment in Philadelphia?
Our gynecologists are experts in performing hysterectomies when deemed medically necessary. If you are diagnosed with cancer, your gynecologist will coordinate your treatment with world-renowned experts at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center.
The staff of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center is home to renowned cancer physicians and research scientists who have developed a new test that uses the presence or absence of a specific gene to identify uterine tumors as benign or malignant. It is especially important for women of childbearing age who have been told they may have cancer and may need a hysterectomy.