Sagar Patel, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Holmdel, NJ
Sometimes extreme pain from uterine fibroids or heavy bleeding can only be stopped by a hysterectomy. At his private practice in Holmdel, New Jersey, Sagar Patel, MD, OBGYN encourages women to opt for the less invasive hysterectomy surgeries he offers, such as vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomies. If you think you may need a hysterectomy, call or book online to set up an appointment with Dr. Patel today.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of your uterus. Depending on the extent of the procedure, a hysterectomy may involve removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well.
After a hysterectomy, you stop getting menstrual periods and can no longer get pregnant. This procedure is sometimes used as a treatment for severe pelvic pain and heavy bleeding that doesn’t respond to medical management.
What are hysterectomies used to treat?
Dr. Patel may perform a hysterectomy to relieve you of pain from symptomatic fibroids or excessive vaginal bleeding. Other conditions that may require a hysterectomy include the following:
- Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Chronic pelvic pain
What types of hysterectomy surgeries are there?
Dr. Patel offers several options for hysterectomy surgeries. However, he encourages women to opt for the less-invasive alternatives to the traditional abdominal hysterectomy. He’s skilled at the following hysterectomy procedures:
This is the most traditional and common type of hysterectomy, accounting for about 65% of all procedures. An abdominal hysterectomy is an open surgery, meaning Dr. Patel makes a five to seven-inch incision across your belly to remove your uterus.
In this procedure, Dr. Patel avoids the abdominal incision by making a small cut inside your vagina. He then removes the uterus through this opening. Vaginal hysterectomies leave no visible scar.
Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy
This procedure is similar to the vaginal hysterectomy, but it uses laparoscopic surgical tools to remove your uterus through an incision in your vagina.
Robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy
This is an advanced technique very much like a laparoscopic hysterectomy. During a robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dr. Patel controls the robotic surgical tools from outside your body while viewing the procedure on a three-dimensional screen.
While an abdominal hysterectomy may require a hospital stay and extended recovery time, laparoscopic procedures involve less pain and allow you to resume normal activities much faster.
If you’re suffering from significant pain or bleeding and think a hysterectomy might be your solution, call or book online to set up an appointment with Dr. Patel today.