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.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a woman's reproductive organs from the abdominal cavity. During a partial hysterectomy, Dr. Macey leaves behind a small portion, or all of the ovaries to erase the need for hormone replacement therapy.
The ovaries release estrogen along with other essential female hormones to help the body to remain in balance. Without these hormones, the delicate hormone balance is thrown off, resulting in moderate to severe symptoms associated with menopause.
If Dr. Macey believes the ovaries are still viable and healthy, he may choose to leave a portion of them intact within the body, so they can continue to release much-needed estrogen.
Whether you undergo a partial or a complete hysterectomy, your body will require at least six to eight weeks of healing. Most hysterectomies performed today are laparoscopic, which results in much less tissue damage and a shorter healing time.
In the past when a regular incision was used to open the abdominal cavity, healing often required eight to twelve 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.
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 and irregular periods, or have been diagnosed with fibroids, cysts, or endometriosis, Dr. Macey may recommend a hysterectomy as one of many options for you to choose from. Depending on whether you decide on a full or partial hysterectomy will determine if you're going to need some form of hormone replacement therapy
*Individual results may vary