Hysterectomy

Beryl Randolph, M.D. -  - OBGYN

Beryl Randolph, M.D.

OBGYN located in Houston, TX

Hysterectomy is a gynecologic surgery that addresses a range of conditions, such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts/masses, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and more. Beryl Randolph, MD, OB/GYN, is highly trained and experienced in performing minimally invasive and abdominal hysterectomy safely, resulting in renewed health and vitality. To learn more, call East Houston OB/GYN in Houston today or book a consultation online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which Dr. Randolph removes some or all of the internal female reproductive organs. When the uterus is removed, it’s called a partial hysterectomy; if she also removes the cervix, ovaries, or fallopian tubes, it’s known as a full, or total hysterectomy.

Dr. Randolph performs a vaginal hysterectomy as a minimally invasive procedure, while an abdominal hysterectomy is typically a major surgery.

Which conditions does a hysterectomy address?

A hysterectomy can address a variety of gynecologic issues. If you have a condition that hasn’t responded to more conservative care, a hysterectomy may be the best option to relieve your symptoms and help you regain your health.

Dr. Randolph may recommend a hysterectomy for the following conditions:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts/masses
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Dr. Randolph can also successfully treat ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer with a hysterectomy.

What are the benefits of a minimally invasive hysterectomy?

When Dr. Randolph performs a vaginal hysterectomy, she uses a laparoscope to see the inside of your pelvic cavity and employs tiny surgical instruments to perform the procedure. The incisions required for this type of surgery are less than half an inch in length, whereas an abdominal incision is much larger. Because of the smaller incisions, laparoscopic surgery is less traumatic to the body than major surgery, and offers the following benefits:

  • Less internal bleeding
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced pain
  • Faster recovery

Minimally invasive surgery also has a lower risk of complication than traditional surgery.

What are the risks of a hysterectomy?

Like any type of surgery, both laparoscopic and traditional hysterectomy do carry some risk. The risk of complications is higher for abdominal hysterectomy.

Risks associated with surgical procedures include:

  • Blood clots
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Injury to surrounding tissues
  • Infection

In rare cases, hysterectomy may cause complications such as urinary incontinence or vaginal prolapse. If Dr. Randolph determines that you’re a candidate for a hysterectomy, she’ll discuss all the risks and benefits of a hysterectomy with you before your procedure.

To learn more, or to find out if you’re a candidate for a hysterectomy, call East Houston OB/GYN today, or schedule an appointment online.