Hysterectomy is a common GYN procedure that over 500,000 women undergo every year, however many are unaware what in entails. 7 in 10 women incorrectly believe that it entails removal of the uterus, cervix and ovaries. With a standard hysterectomy, the ovaries are preserved.
Standard hysterectomy refers to the removal of the uterus only and it does not lead to menopause. The ovaries, which produce the female hormones, are not removed, and such a standard hysterectomy will not cause symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings or sexual dysfunction. Total hysterectomy refers to the removal of the uterus, tubes, and ovaries and it does lead to menopause in patients who are still having periods. Removal of the ovaries is called oophorectomy. Women can safely take estrogen replacement following an oophorectomy.
At CIGC, laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed using the DualPortGYN approach, developed by Paul MacKoul MD and Natalya Danilyants MD. With this innovative technique, even large uteri, of up to 20 pounds, can be removed with only two 5 MM incisions.
Learn more about standard hysterectomy vs total hysterectomy and the changes that a woman's body goes through after each procedure in this recent blog on Dr. Natalya Danilyant's Tumblr: Your Hysterectomy Surgery: What About The Ovaries?
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To learn more about DualPortGYN hysterectomy from our former patients, read their testimonials here: Looking For A Top Hysterectomy Surgery: Women Talk About DualPortGYN
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