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Hysterectomy Specialist

Fresno Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Fresno, CA

If you need a hysterectomy, you may be feeling daunted by the procedure. But the removal of your uterus doesn’t have to be a major, painful process. Vasanth Vishwanath, MD, can offer minimally invasive hysterectomies to reduce your recovery time, overall pain, and scarring. To learn more, call Fresno Women’s Care in Fresno, California, or book your appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the second most common type of surgery performed on women in the United States. During a hysterectomy, Dr. Vishwanath removes the uterus, also known as the womb. As a result, women who have had a hysterectomy can no longer get pregnant and no longer have a menstrual cycle. There are multiple different types of hysterectomies.

Subtotal (or supracervical) hysterectomy

During this type of hysterectomy, Dr. Vishwanath removes only the upper part of the uterus. The cervix remains intact.

Total hysterectomy

A total hysterectomy involves the removal of both the uterus and the cervix.

Radical hysterectomy

A radical hysterectomy is most commonly used when cancer (e.g., cervical cancer) is detected. During this type of hysterectomy, the entire uterus is removed, along with its surrounding tissue, the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina. Dr. Vishwanath may or may not remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes, depending on the reason for the radical hysterectomy.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

This procedure can be used to treat a variety of conditions. A hysterectomy can give you relief from painful symptoms, stop the spread of certain types of cancer, and more. Dr. Vishwanath can use a hysterectomy to treat:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Heavy, painful vaginal bleeding
  • Adenomyosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine, ovarian, cervical, and other types of pelvic cancer

What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?

While hysterectomies have traditionally been performed as an open surgery – where the doctor creates a fairly sizable incision in the abdomen to open up the surgery site – Dr. Vishwanath offers an alternative. By performing the hysterectomy laparoscopically, he can remove the necessary organs and tissue through extremely small incisions in the abdomen.

During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dr. Vishwanath creates a tiny incision in your abdomen through which he feeds a laparoscope, a long, thin surgical tool with a camera attached to the end. Using the laparoscope, he can see into the surgery site, performing the hysterectomy without the need to open up the site. As a result, you heal faster and with less pain and scarring.

To learn more about hysterectomies, especially minimally invasive hysterectomies, call Fresno Women’s Care or schedule your appointment online today.

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