Hysterectomy Surgeon in Fort Worth, TX
Over One Thousand GYN Procedures Performed
Has a hysterectomy been recommended for you? Dr. Quist is a top-performing gynecological surgeon in the Fort Worth area that specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including hysterectomy. Dr. Carolyn Quist is a board-certified gynecologist with extensive experience performing hysterectomies at her office in Fort Worth. Dr. Quist has performed thousands of gynecologic procedures and will take the time to answer any questions you may have. Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Quist today by calling (817) 926-1313, or by filling out our online appointment request form.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus in a woman, otherwise known as the womb. If you’ve been diagnosed with the associated conditions and told you need a hysterectomy, it is important to explore the alternative treatments for your diagnosis. Because it is rarely an emergency surgery, there is usually considerable time to research and explore options for discussions with Dr. Carolyn Quist.
In the past, open surgical hysterectomies resulted in hospital stays of several days, pain, a lengthy recovery time and a large abdominal scar. Now, minimally invasive surgical techniques result in hysterectomies that eliminate many of the disadvantages of traditional open surgical procedures.
A minimally invasive hysterectomy performed in a hospital setting by Dr. Quist, can treat and correct conditions such as:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine fibroids
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Uterine prolapse
- Cervical abnormalities
Minimally invasive hysterectomies using laparoscopic techniques are unlike open surgeries because they are performed through one or more small incisions. These procedures may also allow more women near Fort Worth, who may not be candidates for open surgery, have a hysterectomy.
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedures Used in Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies
- Use fiber optics (laparoscope) and a miniature television camera along with specialized instruments are inserted into very small incisions in the navel and abdomen or through the vagina.
- May be exploratory while others are used to remove appropriate reproductive organs.
- May utilize robotic devices like the da Vinci Surgical System that permits surgeons to perform with extremely high precision, vision and a level of control unavailable with standard laparoscopic procedures.
Approaches and treatments depend upon factors such as obesity, prior abdominal surgery, scar tissue and other medical considerations.
Types of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedures
- Laparoscopically Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH). Surgeons use special laparoscopic instruments to remove the uterus and, if necessary, the fallopian tubes and ovaries. By operating through the vagina, the cervix is separated from the top of the vagina permitting the uterus and the cervix to be removed through the vaginal opening.
- Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH). The LSH procedure is done to remove the upper two thirds of the uterus using laparoscopic instruments inserted through small incisions in the abdomen. By leaving the cervix intact and attached to the upper vagina, this procedure helps to provide better post-operative vaginal support and eliminates the need for the vagina to heal. Using specials instruments, the uterus is then removed through the small incisions in the abdomen.
- Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH). Using similar incisions to a Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy, a TLH involves removing both the cervix and the uterus. Unlike a Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy, a very limited portion of the TLH procedure is done through the vagina.
What is a Vaginal Hysterectomy?
A vaginal hysterectomy
- Is a surgical procedure that is performed in a hospital
- Involves removing the uterus surgically through the vagina
- Is performed if the uterus is not greatly enlarged
- Is performed if the medical conditions are not related to cancer
- Has fewer complications, requires a shorter hospital stay, and allows a faster recovery when compared to the removal of the uterus through an abdominal incision (abdominal hysterectomy)
- Can be used to remove one or both ovaries as well as fallopian tubes. This procedure is called a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO).
Dr. Quist may perform a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) to assist with the vaginal hysterectomy procedure. This is done because the use of a laparoscope helps Dr. Quist to more easily see the uterus, ovaries, and tissues that surround these organs.
What Are the Risks of Having a Hysterectomy?
Like every surgery, hysterectomies do carry some risks. With every type of hysterectomy, you’ll need to be under general anesthesia from Dr. Quist’s team. General anesthesia always poses a small risk of allergic reactions and other problems.
When you undergo a hysterectomy, you will also be at risk of infection, excessive bleeding, and damage to nearby tissues.
Generally, vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies are safer than a traditional open hysterectomy. Less invasive procedures also tend to be less expensive. Dr. Quist will determine whether you’re a good candidate for one of these less invasive procedures.
Looking for a Hysterectomy Specialist in the Fort Worth Area?
If you have a problem with the uterus that won’t respond to other treatments, a surgical procedure known as a hysterectomy may be your best option. With over 25 years of experience as a board-certified gynecologist in Fort Worth, Dr. Quist has extensive experience performing hysterectomies. To discuss this procedure in more detail, contact our gynecology office to schedule a consultation.