Ghassan N. Fanous, M.D.
If you have fibroids, endometriosis, or painful periods, sometimes a hysterectomy can offer you relief. As a procedure that involves the complete removal of your uterus, it can eliminate problems related to reproductive health and help minimize pain or discomfort related to difficult periods. To request a consultation with a qualified OB/GYN, contact Ghassan Fanous, MD in Odessa, Texas. Dr. Fanous offers women safe and effective hysterectomy procedures and other services related to reproductive concerns. Call or book an appointment online to get started.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure where Dr. Fanous removes your uterus or a portion of your uterus. There are different types of hysterectomies, which include:
- Total hysterectomy: removal of the entire uterus and the cervix
- Partial hysterectomy: removal of the upper part of the uterus but not the cervix
- Radical hysterectomy: removal of the entire uterus and some of the structures that surround the uterus; often recommended if there is cancer
Why might I need a hysterectomy?
There are many reasons why you might need a hysterectomy. Some of the most common reasons for the procedure include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Heavy, painful, or irregular periods
- Pelvic floor issues
- Gynecological cancers
Some women might experience numerous reproductive health problems that lead them to the decision to have a hysterectomy.
What happens during a hysterectomy procedure?
Dr. Fanous can use different techniques when performing a hysterectomy.
One such technique includes a more traditional abdominal hysterectomy, in which he removes the uterus through an incision made in your lower abdomen. Another option is a laparoscopic hysterectomy, in which he removes the uterus through small incisions made in the abdomen. He can also remove your uterus through the vaginal canal.
With laparoscopic surgery, you have a much shorter recovery period than what’s associated with a traditional hysterectomy.
If necessary, Dr. Fanous can also perform an endometrial biopsy before the procedure to determine how much tissue needs to be removed during your hysterectomy.
What can I expect after a hysterectomy?
With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the pain is minimal, and you’ll return to your daily activities within a few days. Most women can manage any discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers and rest.
If you have a traditional hysterectomy, you’ll experience some moderate swelling, pain, and discomfort that may last up to a few weeks.
As your body adjusts to not having a uterus, Dr. Fanous may work with you to balance your body with hormone therapy or other methods that support your long-term healing and recovery.
To request a consultation about a hysterectomy with Dr. Fanous, call the office or book an appointment online today.