Why have a Hysterectomy?
There are many medical options and new surgical options available today which mean less women require a hysterectomy than in past years. Dr Jessup uses hysterectomy as a last resort opting instead for other techniques or methods that maintain the uterus.
However, for some women, hysterectomy is an excellent treatment and they are profusely thankful after the surgery. For women with large fibroids, extremely heavy menstrual bleeding or significant uterine prolapse, hysterectomy can be a life saver. Dr Jessup offers her patients the choice of either a complete vaginal hysterectomy (where the surgery is performed entirely through the vagina) or a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (where she uses laparoscopic ports and instruments to remove the ovaries or to divide adhesions prior to the vaginal hysterectomy).
For women who have never had vaginal deliveries or who have extremely large fibroids, a small cut in the lower abdomen (similar to a caesarean section incision), gives the best outcome.
If the ovaries are left intact, patients are not expected to go though any form of menopause subsequent to their hysterectomy. The most common comment she hears from her post hysterectomy patients are that the procedure has “given them their life back.”