Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Many conditions of the uterus can be cured with hysterectomy.
Because it is a major surgery, you may want to work with Dr. Cova to explore other treatment options first. For conditions that have not responded to other treatments, a hysterectomy may be the best choice.
DaVinci robotic-assisted hysterectomy. This state-of-the-art surgical system is designed to help surgeons perform complicated surgeries that were once only attainable through large abdominal incisions. With this procedure, Dr. Cova controls the DaVinci, often called a “robot,” to remove the uterus. She does this with just a few tiny openings. The benefits include: less pain, less blood loss, less risk of infection, quick recovery (usually 2–4 weeks), and small incisions.
At The Complete Women’s Practice, we offer laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy. You should be fully informed of all options before you decide:
Total laparoscopic hysterectomy.
The uterus and cervix are removed. In some cases, the fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed along with the uterus and cervix. Your recovery time is around 3 weeks.
Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy.
Only the uterus is removed. The cervix is left intact. Recovery is easier/faster with this method (approximately 6 days). Keeping your cervix also reduces the risk of pelvic floor prolapse.
Dr. Cova makes an incision near the top of the vagina. She then reaches through the incision to disconnect the blood vessels and attachments of the uterus. Once the uterus is free, it is removed through the vagina. Your recovery time is around 4 weeks.
Dr. Cova only performs this procedure in rare circumstances due to the multiple options for minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.