Paul W. Morrison, M.D. Obstetrician Gynecologist
Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Newburgh, IN. Serving the Evansville area.
Choosing a hysterectomy for your health or comfort is a major decision. Make that decision with help from board-certified OB/GYN, Paul W. Morrison, M.D. Obstetrician Gynecologist. With more than a decade of experience serving women in Newburgh, Indiana, and the surrounding Evansville area, Dr. Morrison has extensive experience and advanced training in vaginal, laparoscopic, and da Vinci® robotic hysterectomies to care for you in the best way possible. To schedule a consultation, call the office or fill out the online appointment request form today.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. This is done to treat abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, precancerous, or cancerous conditions. After this procedure, you are no longer able to carry a baby. In general, Dr. Morrison removes your uterus, tubes, and cervix.
During a hysterectomy, he can remove your ovaries as well, when appropriate. If your ovaries are removed before you’ve reached menopause, your body enters menopause after your surgery, since your ovaries are no longer producing the hormones that control your menstrual cycle.
When is a hysterectomy recommended?
Dr. Morrison recommends hysterectomies for women who have completed their families and no longer plan to become pregnant. Medical reasons for getting a hysterectomy include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Cancer or precancerous changes
- Chronic pelvic pain
If you’re considering a hysterectomy, Dr. Morrison discusses your options for the procedure and your overall health to determine which type of hysterectomy is best for you.
How is a hysterectomy performed?
Dr. Morrison performs vaginal, traditional, and laparoscopic hysterectomies.
The most common type of hysterectomy is a laparoscopic hysterectomy. In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through tiny incisions in your abdomen or vagina. Laparoscopic surgeries involve smaller incisions for women who want faster recovery periods or a decreased infection risk. With the vaginal hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through the vagina. Laparoscopic hysterectomy will usually give Dr. Morrison the best balance of visualization of the internal organs, safety, completeness, and small incisions for a fast recovery.
Dr. Morrison is also trained to perform robot-assisted hysterectomies with the da Vinci® Surgical System. A robotic surgery may be used when extra precision or visualization is needed that isn’t available with other methods.
With the vaginal hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through the vagina. This generally has the fastest recovery. Dr. Morrison will review with you if you are appropriate for this procedure.
During a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, your uterus is removed through an incision in your abdomen. Traditional surgeries are used for more complex cases and involve an open surgery with a larger incision and lengthier recovery process.
With over a decade of experience in performing laparoscopic hysterectomies, Dr. Morrison has the skill and expertise you need. To help you decide which method is best for you, he discusses your overall health, reasons for choosing a hysterectomy, and lifestyle to determine which surgical approach is best for you.
Do I need to stay in the hospital after a hysterectomy?
A hospital stay is typically required for a hysterectomy. Traditional or “open” surgeries require a longer stay (48-72 hours) to reduce your risk of infection, wait for the return of normal bodily functions, and manage any discomfort you experience after surgery. A laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomy stay is usually shorter (12-24 hours) because the smaller incisions used for your procedure will not hurt as much and allows the return of normal body functions sooner. To discuss a hysterectomy with Dr. Morrison, fill out the form to request an appointment online or call the office now.