Hysterectomy Specialist

Manhattan Women's Health & Tribeca Women's Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Upper East Side & Tribeca, New York, NY

If you suffer from abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, or uterine fibroids, and conservative treatments haven’t resolved your condition, a hysterectomy may be the best solution. The team of skilled surgeons at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health have extensive experience performing minimally invasive vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomy. With offices in Tribeca and the Upper East Side of New York City, the team provides comprehensive pre- and postoperative care. To schedule a consultation, call the clinic nearest you, or make an appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that can address several conditions that affect your uterus and other structures within your pelvic cavity. The skilled surgeons at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health perform minimally invasive hysterectomies as an outpatient procedure in a hospital setting. 

In a traditional, “open” hysterectomy, the uterus is removed through a large incision in the abdomen. A minimally invasive procedure requires only small incisions, so it’s less painful and heals more quickly than an open hysterectomy. 

There are two types of minimally invasive hysterectomies:

Vaginal hysterectomy

In some cases, a hysterectomy can be removed using small incisions in your vagina. A vaginal hysterectomy doesn’t require any abdominal incisions; however, it can only address certain conditions, and not everyone is a candidate for a vaginal hysterectomy.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy uses slender surgical tools, and a specialized viewing instrument called a laparoscope, which allows your surgeon to see the inside of your pelvic cavity. A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires only a few tiny incisions in your abdomen. There’s less risk of infection, fewer scars, and shorter recovery than there is with an open procedure.

For some conditions, such as very large fibroids, an open hysterectomy is still the safest and most effective option.

Which conditions can a hysterectomy address?

A hysterectomy is typically performed when more conservative treatments haven’t been successful. If you’ve tried other treatments without success, your gynecologist may recommend a hysterectomy to address the following conditions:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic support problems
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uterine or cervical cancer

A partial hysterectomy involves removing only the uterus. Certain conditions, like cervical cancer or severe endometriosis, may require a total hysterectomy in which additional structures such as the uterus, cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes are removed. 

If both of your ovaries are removed, and you haven’t already gone through menopause, you enter menopause after your procedure, regardless of your age.

What are the risks of a hysterectomy?

Minimally invasive surgery involves fewer risks than open surgery, but there’s always some risk with any surgical procedure. These risks include:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Injury to surrounding tissues
  • Blood clots
  • Reactions to anesthesia

Your provider informs you of all possible risks before you consent to any surgical procedure. 

To learn more about minimally invasive hysterectomy, call Manhattan Women’s Health or Tribeca Women’s Health today, or make an appointment online.