North Naples Gynecology and Obstetrics
Dean B. Hildahl, MD
OB-GYN located in Naples, FL
When reproductive health concerns are severe, North Naples Gynecology and Obstetrics can assist patients by employing hysterectomies. For those throughout the Naples, FL area, Dr. Hildahl, a Mayo Clinic trained physician, can provide hysterectomy surgery, laparoscopic hysterectomies, and hysterectomy alternatives.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgery used to remove the uterus. Hysterectomies are used to treat several issues and illnesses which can include:
- Endometriosis and chronic pelvic discomfort
- Uterine prolapse
- Abnormal and heavy bleeding
- Thickening of the uterus
To determine what type of hysterectomy will be needed, the gynecologist will first determine what is causing the problem. The types of hysterectomies are:
- Supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy- The upper portion of the uterus is removed; the cervix stays intact.
- Total hysterectomy- Both the uterus and the cervix are removed.
- Radical hysterectomy- Usually only performed to address cancer, this operation removes the entire uterus, uterosacral ligaments, the cervix, and the upper one-third to one-half of the vagina. Pelvic lymph nodes will also usually be removed.
During the procedure, the surgeon may also take out the ovaries. Removing the ovaries is performed when addressing cancerous masses or when the ovaries have been damaged.
What is a laparoscopic hysterectomy?
A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure which has fewer potential complications than an abdominal hysterectomy. Most hysterectomies will be performed laparoscopically at the practice. During the procedure, small incisions are made in the navel and the lower abdomen where a tiny camera and specialized surgical instruments are inserted. The surgeon can view the interior of the abdominal cavity using the images retrieved with this camera, which are displayed on a monitor. This procedure has a quick recovery time and offers less bleeding and scarring.
What are my alternatives to a hysterectomy?
The gynecologist may try to treat the problem with an alternative therapy before a hysterectomy is performed. When fibroids are the issue, the gynecologist can use a myomectomy to remove the fibroids without taking out the uterus or the doctor can eliminate them by cutting off blood flow to the fibroids. Endometrial ablation can be performed when endometriosis, menorrhagia, or heavy bleeding is present. This is conducted to eliminate the lining of the uterus known as the endometrium. When treating endometriosis, the gynecologist will attempt more conservative treatments first, including birth control pills, to control hormone levels and lessen symptoms. When uterine prolapse is present, a vaginal pessary can be employed to secure the uterus in the correct place. In some situations, a hysterectomy might be inevitable.
We accept all major health insurance plans. If you don't see your insurance, please contact our office. **Medicaid acceptance applies to our OB patients**
Words from our patients
"He talked me out of having an operation and was able to cure my problem without surgery. I would recommend him to my family members without question."
"Very caring, gentle and kind doctor. I've been visiting Dr. Hildahl for many years and find him to be a terrific gynecologist. I would recommend him."
"...one of the best doctors I have ever seen. I also see that he trained at the Mayo Clinic which makes choosing him even easier."