Hysterectomy Specialist

John Macey, MD -  - OB/GYN

John Macey, MD

OB/GYN located in Nashville, TN

A hysterectomy can be a life-saving procedure for women who are having serious reproductive health issues. Dr. John Macey, MD performs this procedure and many others as part of his practice. After a thorough examination, he addresses all your possible health issues, and offers effective treatment options to overcome them. If you live in Kentucky, Alabama, or the mid-central Tennessee area near Nashville, Dr. Macey encourages you to call his office or schedule an appointment online for all of your OB/GYN needs.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a partial hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the uterus. The term "partial hysterectomy" is used to imply that the ovaries remain. During a "partial hysterectomy," Dr. Macey leaves in place one or both of the ovaries to eliminate the need for hormone replacement therapy.

The ovaries release estrogen along with other female hormones to help the body to remain in balance. Without these hormones, the delicate hormone balance is thrown off, resulting in symptoms associated with menopause.

If Dr. Macey believes the ovaries are still viable and healthy, he may choose to leave one or both of them intact within the body, so they can continue to release much-needed estrogen.

How long is the recovery time for a hysterectomy?

After hysterectomy, your body will require at least six to eight weeks of healing. Most hysterectomies performed by Dr Macey are vaginal or laparoscopic, which results in much less tissue damage and a shorter healing time.

When a regular abdominal incision was used to open the abdominal cavity, healing often requires eight weeks due to the trauma caused to the abdominal wall. However, no matter what type of surgery you have, the fact remains that you need an adequate amount of time to heal before resuming your regular activities.

Your OB/GYN, Dr. Macey, will discuss your options with you and monitor your recovery to make sure everything goes smoothly.

When is a hysterectomy recommended?

Dr. Macey usually recommends a hysterectomy for patients who are undergoing moderate to severe reproductive health issues. In most cases, this extensive surgery is a last resort; but it's an option that many women consider when they don't want to bear any more children.

If you’ve endured years of painful, heavy periods, or have been diagnosed with fibroids, prolapse, or endometriosis, Dr. Macey may recommend a hysterectomy as one of many options. Whether you decide on a full or "partial" hysterectomy will determine if you're going to need some form of hormone replacement therapy. 

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*Individual results vary.