Hysterectomy Specialist

Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Allentown, PA

Hysterectomy surgery can seem overwhelming, but the compassionate, all-female OB/GYN team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology makes it as easy as possible for you. They offer the latest hysterectomy techniques, including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, at their practice in Allentown, Pennsylvania. If you think you may need a hysterectomy, call or book an appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. After a hysterectomy, you stop getting your menstrual periods and can no longer get pregnant.

About 500,000 women get hysterectomies each year, making this the second most common surgery among women in the United States.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

The team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology never recommends a hysterectomy as the first line of treatment. However, they may recommend this procedure to relieve pain or symptoms of a medical condition that doesn’t improve with nonsurgical treatment.

Conditions that may require a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Gynecologic cancers

If you continue to suffer from pain or other symptoms of one of these conditions after exploring alternative treatments, hysterectomy may be the solution.

What are different types of hysterectomies?

The highly trained OB/GYNs at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology offer a variety of hysterectomy options to provide optimal results for your unique condition. Different types of hysterectomies include:

Abdominal hysterectomy

Also called an open hysterectomy, this type of surgery involves removing your uterus through a large incision in your lower abdomen.  

Total laparoscopic hysterectomy

A total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require a large incision. Instead, your surgeon at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology performs this procedure by making a few small incisions in your abdomen, each about the size of a buttonhole.

She inserts an instrument called a laparoscope into these tiny incisions and removes your uterus in small pieces.  

Total vaginal hysterectomy

This approach eliminates the need for any abdominal incisions. Total vaginal hysterectomy (TVH) involves removing your uterus through the vagina.

TVH offers numerous benefits, including reduced risk of complications and faster recovery time. However, not every woman is a candidate for this procedure.

Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy

Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is similar to LVH, but involves completing a portion of the surgery laparoscopically through small abdominal incisions.

Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy

Also called a partial hysterectomy, supracervical hysterectomy removes the top portion of your uterus while leaving the cervix in place. This minimally invasive procedure removes the upper part of your uterus laparoscopically.

To learn more about your options for hysterectomies, call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.