Hysterectomy

Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC

Carlos Barrionuevo, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Coral Springs, FL

While the removal of any organ is a decision that should never be taken lightly, there are times when that organ is more of a liability than an asset. In the United States, half a million women undergo hysterectomies for various health reasons each year. If you need to have a hysterectomy, trust the capable hands of Dr. Carlos Barrionuevo, who uses the latest laparoscopic techniques at Coral Springs OBGYN, LLC in Coral Springs, Florida. If you’d like to learn more about a hysterectomy, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a procedure wherein Dr. Barrionuevo removes all, or part of, your uterus. There are several types of hysterectomies, including:

Partial hysterectomy

In this procedure, Dr. Barrionuevo only needs to remove the top portion of your uterus.

Total hysterectomy

Dr. Barrionuevo removes your entire uterus, including your cervix.

Radical hysterectomy

This type of hysterectomy is typically reserved for cases where cancer is present, which warrants the removal of your uterus, your cervix, the top part of your vagina, and surrounding tissue.

Depending on your situation, Dr. Barrionuevo may remove your ovaries and your fallopian tubes during your hysterectomy.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

Since removing your uterus ends your ability to bear children, the procedure the last resort when other treatments have failed. The most common reasons why women opt for a hysterectomy include:

  • Painful uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal or heavy bleeding
  • Adenomyosis, which is a painful problem with the growth of the lining of your uterus
  • Cancer

How is a hysterectomy performed?

When it comes to hysterectomies, Dr. Barrionuevo uses the latest laparoscopic techniques whenever possible. This means that he makes only tiny incisions in your lower abdomen, through which he threads a lighted camera and small instruments to do the work.

This minimally invasive procedure means that you have less risk of infection, as well as less collateral tissue damage than with traditional open surgery.

In some cases, Dr. Barrionuevo can avoid making any incisions on the surface of your skin and performs the surgery through your vagina.

Every case is different, and Dr. Barrionuevo sits down with you beforehand to discuss the different techniques and which ones are best for your situation.

It’s worth noting that, in all cases, after Dr. Barrionuevo removes your uterus, you will no longer have periods, which may be the goal of your hysterectomy in the first place. If your ovaries remain intact, you won’t enter menopause right away, but you’ll likely make this transition earlier than most women. If Dr. Barrionuevo removes your ovaries, you will enter menopause immediately after the procedure.

To explore whether a hysterectomy is right for you, call Coral Springs OBGYN or fill out the form online to schedule a consultation.