What You Should Know about Hysterectomy

If your doctor has recommended you have a hysterectomy, you may have a million questions. You may wonder what the procedure will be like—and how you will feel afterward.

Here are some reasons why a hysterectomy might be necessary:

  • You have chronic pelvic pain.
  • You suffer from painful uterine fibroids.
  • You have cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix.
  • You have endometriosis.
  • You are experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding.

There are different kinds of hysterectomy:

  • For a supracervical hysterectomy, your uterus is removed, and the cervix remains.
  • For a total hysterectomy, your uterus and cervix are removed completely.
  • For a radical hysterectomy, it is necessary to remove your entire uterus and cervix, as well as your ovaries, lymph nodes, fallopian tubes, and possibly the top portion of your vagina.

If your ovaries were removed, you will enter menopause after a hysterectomy. If they were not removed, you will enter menopause earlier than you would have without the surgery.

In the past, the only option for hysterectomy was an open surgery, which involved a large 6- to 12-inch incision. However, technology has evolved, and at St. Petersburg General Hospital, we offer hysterectomy via robotic surgery. Although your surgeon will always be in control, the operation is guided by da Vinci® robotic technology that provides unmatched dexterity and control. You can expect a minimally invasive procedure that is less traumatic than traditional open surgery.

Robotic surgery offers:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less bleeding
  • Less scarring
  • Less pain

To learn more, join us on Tuesday, October 11, at 6 pm, for Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy—Minimally Invasive Gynecological Robotic Surgery. Meena Jain, MD, will lead this lecture, which will be held at

Brentwood Senior Living
6280 Central Avenue
Building C, Suite 112
St. Petersburg, FL 33703

Registration begins at 5:30, and a complimentary light meal will be served. To learn more or to make a reservation, please call 1-888-741-5122.

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