What is a Hysterectomy? A hysterectomy the surgical removal of a women's uterus performed by a gynecologist. Hysterectomy may be total or partial. Total would be the removing the body, fundis, and cervix of the uterus. It is often called a Complete Hysterectomy. A partial would be the removal of the uterine body while leaving the cervix intact. A Partial Hysterectomy is also called a supracervical hysterctomy. It is the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedure that is not birth related.
How is Hysterectomy surgery performed at Family Hospital?
Hysterectomies at the Family Hospital are performed on a weekly and at times daily basis. The incision can be performed through the abdomen or the vagina, depending on what your doctor would recommend. It can be performed laparoscopically or through minimally invasive incisions. The recovery in the hospital should be 1-2 nights. It is normal for patients to feel a bit fuzzy the day after surgery, and a little bleeding is normal. The procedure takes 1-2 hours and it can be done via General Anesthesia or Regional Blockage with IV sedation. Before finalizing the surgery our specialist will double check around your uterus to see if any abnormalities or adherence. Keep in mind, Hospital de la Familia began as a hospital dedicated to women's services in 2003. The majority of the shareholders of Hospital de la Familia are gynecologists, which gives the explanation as to why the hospital inaugural name in 2003 was Hospital de la Mujer ( Women's Hospital ). All Women services treatments are our most common procedures. We are very confident that you will be safe getting your Hysterectomy at the Family Hospital.
Next Steps Step1- Fill out the Medical Questionnaire that your Case Manager will provide to you. This is a questionnaire where general questions need to be addressed in regards to your previous medical history and personal information. Step 2- After filling out the medical Questionnaire, your Case Manager will communicate with your doctor and will let you know if he needs any particular medical reports. Our doctors may request to see other medical records such as your ultrasound report, blood test report, or a report by your local doctor stating the reason why you need aHysterectomy.NOTE:If you are under the age of 40, a psychological evaluation is required. We want to make sure that this procedure is what you need which is why we want to understand your situation as best as possible! Step 3- Once we have the necessary reports to get you approved, its time to ask any particular questions you have so you can make an informed decision! Step 4- Once you are ready to move forward, we will create your itinerary and book your surgical date as well as your arrival/departures date so you can get a complete idea of your medical travel with us with full details.
Itinerary of Medical Travel ( If flying for Surgery ) Day 1- Pick up at the airport ( San Diego, CA and/or Yuma, AZ upon request), transport to Hospital de la Familia for Pre-Ops. Rest in Hospital.
Day 2- Consultation with Specialists / Surgery day / Recovery at Hospital Day 3- Recovery at Hotel Day 4- Recovery at Hospital
Day 5- Eligible to fly back home ( Transportation provided back to airport upon request )
After Surgery Indications
- Take your medications as prescribed by your specialist - Do not life heavy object for 3+ weeks - Do not have intercourse for 4+ weeks or until your doctor permits - Follow the after surgery guidelines provided by your Case Manager - Do not eat fat or spicy foods for at least 2 weeks after surgery - Give yourself time to recover, complete relaxation for 2 weeks post surgery
1) Can I get a Hysterectomy if I am under 40? Yes, we would need to review your case. We might require a Psychological Evaluation to make sure you understand that getting a Hysterectomy means the inability to carrying children in the future as well as other changes in your body.
2) How do I know if I am having a complication or infection? Infections are rare, but the 1st symptom would be a sense of feeling sick, having a fever, vomiting or a dark/purplish color in the incision. Extreme vaginal or incision bleeding is also not normal. If you feel you are having a complication, send pictures to your Case Manager. If you are feeling sick or have a fever, go to your local hospital or medical center for assistance.
3) Can I freeze eggs before Hysterectomy? If you are still ovulating, yes. This would require an IVF treatment. Contact your Case Manager for more details.
4) Do I need to come back for a follow-upconsultation? If you live driving distance, we would love to see you again after 1 week for a follow up. Otherwise, you do not need to come back we can follow up via Phone & Emails.