Hysterectomy Alternatives & Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Lynnell P. Gardner MD PC and Michael F. Hamant MD PC

Gynecology & Family Medicine located in Tucson, AZ

If you’re considering a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure or an alternative treatment. Board-certified OB/GYN and gynecologic surgeon Lynnell P. Gardner, MD, performs laparoscopic hysterectomies and hysterectomy alternatives at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D. in Tucson, Arizona. To learn more about your hysterectomy options, call or book an appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Alternatives & Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. Depending on your needs, Dr. Gardner may remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes in the same surgery. 

After childbirth by cesarean section, hysterectomy is the most common surgery among American women. About 500,000 women in the United States get hysterectomy surgery each year.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

Women get hysterectomies for many reasons. Dr. Gardner performs hysterectomy surgery as a final-resort treatment for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Heavy or abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Gynecological cancer

Dr. Gardner always explores conservative treatments before recommending a hysterectomy. In many cases, less-invasive, alternative treatments are available. 

What are hysterectomy alternatives?

Depending on your needs, you may be a candidate for another treatment that can help you avoid hysterectomy surgery. Dr. Gardner performs a variety of hysterectomy alternatives, including:

  • Endometrial ablation for endometriosis
  • Hysteroscopy treatment of fibroids
  • Laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 
  • Laparoscopic surgery to remove fibroids and masses

However, these treatments aren’t right for everyone. Dr. Gardner evaluates your specific condition and always recommends the least invasive treatment possible. In some cases, hysterectomy surgery may be necessary.

What are the different types of hysterectomy procedures?

Dr. Gardner is a highly skilled gynecologic surgeon who uses the most advanced techniques in hysterectomy surgery. She performs several types of hysterectomy procedures at Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., including:

Abdominal hysterectomy

Also known as a traditional, or open, hysterectomy, an abdominal hysterectomy involves removing your uterus through an incision in your abdomen. Depending on the size and shape of your uterus and the reason for your surgery, an abdominal hysterectomy may be the best option.

Vaginal hysterectomy

Vaginal hysterectomy involves removing your uterus through an incision inside your vagina. This procedure is less invasive than an abdominal hysterectomy because it uses a smaller incision and causes less damage to healthy tissues.

Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy

This procedure is similar to a vaginal hysterectomy, but it uses a thin, flexible instrument called a laparoscope. Dr. Gardner uses the laparoscope, which has a camera at the end, to view your pelvic organs as she performs the surgery.

If you think you may need a hysterectomy, call the office of Lynnell P. Gardner M.D. & Michael F. Hamant M.D., or book an appointment online today.