Hysterectomy

Woodbridge Obstetrics and Gynecology

Zohreh Nikkhah Abyaneh, MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Woodbridge, VA

Each year, as many as 500,000 women in the U.S. have a hysterectomy. It’s the second most common surgical procedure women undergo, only preceded by a cesarean section. Board-certified OB/GYN Zohren Abyaneh, MD, at Woodbridge Obstetrics & Gynecology in Woodbridge, Virginia, is a women’s health and surgical expert who has performed numerous hysterectomies using some of the most advanced techniques. To schedule a consultation to discuss a hysterectomy, call the office or book online today.

Hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes your uterus, and sometimes your ovaries and fallopian tubes. It’s a very common procedure that may provide relief from your gynecological condition and improve your quality of life. 

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

While many women undergo a hysterectomy every year, it’s not usually the first treatment option recommended. Some of the gynecological conditions that may benefit from a hysterectomy include:

  • Recurrent fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Gynecological cancer
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse

Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh only recommends a hysterectomy if alternative treatments failed to improve your symptoms or gynecological health and you have no future pregnancy plans. 

How is a hysterectomy performed?

Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh is an experienced surgeon who uses many techniques to perform your hysterectomy. Some of the ways she can remove your uterus include:

Abdominal hysterectomy

The abdominal hysterectomy is a traditional open procedure. During this type of hysterectomy, Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh removes your uterus through a large incision in your abdomen that cuts through your skin and muscle. 

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure. During this type of hysterectomy, Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh uses a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera, to serve as her eyes during your procedure so she doesn’t have to make a large incision in your abdomen. She then makes a few other small incisions for her surgical instruments in order to remove your uterus.

Vaginal hysterectomy

During a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh removes your uterus through a small incision in your vagina.

The type of procedure she uses for your hysterectomy depends on your medical and surgical history, as well as the reason for the surgery. Less invasive procedures usually cause less pain and lead to a faster recovery.

What can I expect after a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure, and you may need to take some time off from work to recover. Once recovered, you should feel significant relief from the symptoms that warranted the surgical procedure in the first place.

After your uterus is removed, you no longer have your period. If your ovaries were removed, you may also go through menopause, which may lead to other symptoms that Dr. Nikkhah Abyaneh can help you manage. 

To learn more about a hysterectomy and whether it’s a procedure that would benefit your health, call Woodbridge Obstetrics & Gynecology or request an appointment online today.