It’s common to feel nervous about getting a hysterectomy, but highly skilled OB/GYN and gynecologic surgeon Emil Tajzoy, MD, ensures the best possible experience. He has extensive experience in performing total vaginal hysterectomies (TVH) and other minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries for women living in and around Dallas, Texas. To find out if you’re a good candidate for TVH, call the office of Emil Tajzoy, MD, or book an appointment online today.
Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus. After a hysterectomy, your menstrual cycle stops, and you’re no longer able to get pregnant.
Traditional open hysterectomies involve removing the uterus through a large incision across your abdomen. This approach involves extended downtime for recovery and leaves you with a big scar.
Dr. Tajzoy seeks to improve your hysterectomy experience by offering a variety of minimally invasive procedures, including a total vaginal hysterectomy. During a TVH procedure, Dr. Tajzoy removes your uterus through the vagina.
TVH offers the same relief from gynecologic symptoms as an open abdominal hysterectomy, but with reduced side effects from the procedure itself. Advantages of TVH compared to an abdominal hysterectomy include:
However, not everyone is a good candidate for TVH. In some cases, such as when the uterus is enlarged, the vaginal approach isn’t possible.
Dr. Tajzoy may recommend TVH, or another type of minimally invasive hysterectomy, to treat serious gynecologic conditions that don’t improve with conservative treatments. TVH treats many different women’s health problems, including:
TVH is also a treatment for several types of gynecologic cancer, including endometrial and cervical cancers. However, ovarian cancer is usually removed with an abdominal hysterectomy.
First, Dr. Tajzoy performs a thorough physical exam and reviews your medical history to make sure TVH is the appropriate procedure for you.
The surgery takes place in the hospital while you’re under general anesthesia. Dr. Tajzoy makes a small incision inside your vagina and removes your cervix and uterus. Depending on your particular condition, he may remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well.
Since this procedure doesn’t require an abdominal incision, your recovery time is much faster. You may be able to go home the same day as surgery, or you may need to stay in the hospital for one to three days.
Afterward, Dr. Tajzoy provides you with instructions on how to care for yourself at home. Generally, recovery takes six to eight weeks, during which time you should avoid sex and heavy lifting.
To learn more about TVH and other options for minimally invasive hysterectomies, call the office of Emil Tajzoy, MD, or book an appointment online today.