Dr. Jen Gunter’s thoughts on VAGINAL hysterectomy

Just some food for thought here … still can’t say I have any regrets in having had a da Vinci Total Hysterectomy.  I considered the vaginal hysterectomy but after some research came to the conclusion the healing time seemed quicker with the da Vinci.

BUT it looks like insurance companies may be clamping down on cost containment for hysterectomy.  Guess THE da VINCI GANG better get to lobbying … hard!


Dr. Jen Gunter

uterine-morcellators-78958-157209The preferred route for a hysterectomy is vaginal. This means the entire surgery is done through the vagina with no incisions in the abdomen of any kind. The joke among surgeons is that it is a bit like taking a car apart through the muffler. While doing surgery entirely through the vagina may sound highly complex, it’s really just like any surgery. A vaginal hysterectomy done correctly it is an elegant, neat procedure with excellent safety and very quick recovery. If I needed a hysterectomy and I was a candidate (most women are) I would choose a vaginal hysterectomy.

But don’t take my word for it. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also says that vaginal hysterectomy is the route of choice (for non cancer surgery). They also agree with the science that says not only is it the safest (or as safe) as any other route but…

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