Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and cervix but not necessarily the removal of the ovaries. With the advancement of new technology, a hysterectomy is becoming easier to perform and faster to recover from. This surgery usually takes 45 to 90 minutes to perform.
After a hysterectomy, you may not require another pap smear in the future, as long as you have never had a history of abnormal pap smears. There are several methods that our physicians use to perform a hysterectomy including laparoscopic and robotic using the da Vinci robot. All surgery has risks and benefits, and the following is a list of risks associated with hysterectomy.
Major Operative Risks
- Operative injury to surrounding organs such as the bladder, ureters (kidney tubes), intestines, and blood vessels
- Bleeding that may on occasion require transfusion
- Risks associated with general anesthesia