Hysterectomy Specialist

Midwest Urogynecology

John P. Judd, MD

Gynecologist & Urogynecologist located in St. Louis, MO

A hysterectomy surgically removes your uterus to enhance your health or well-being when you’re dealing with certain health issues. John Judd, MD, is pleased to assist women in need of hysterectomies at Midwest Urogynecology in St. Louis, Missouri. To find out if you’re a good candidate or begin the surgery process, call our office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the uterus. The three main types include:

  • Subtotal hysterectomy, which removes only the top part of the uterus
  • Total hysterectomy, which removes the entire cervix and uterus
  • Radical hysterectomy, which removes the entire uterus, including tissues on its sides, plus the cervix and upper vagina

No matter which type of procedure you have, your ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed or left in place. Surgical removal of the ovaries is called an oophorectomy. Removal of fallopian tubes is called a salpingectomy.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

Dr. Judd may recommend a hysterectomy if you have:

  • Adenomyosis
  • Cancer of the cervix, ovaries, or uterus
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful or bleeding uterine fibroids
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse

What kind of surgery is used for a hysterectomy?

Numerous surgical approaches are used to facilitate hysterectomies. The most common is an open abdominal surgery. For this procedure, incisions are made on your belly, through which your uterus is removed. Other approaches include:

  • Vaginal hysterectomy, in which the uterus is removed through the vagina and leaves no visible scar
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy, during which a tube and surgical tools are inserted through tiny cuts in the belly or belly button
  • Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, which uses the same laparoscopic method but removes the uterus through the vagina
  • Robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, which operates with a sophisticated robotic system within the body while the surgeon uses natural wrist movements and views the procedure on a three-dimensional screen

Are there any complications?

Most hysterectomies successfully reduce problems and do not lead to serious complications. As with any major procedure, however, there are risks including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Formation of fistulas
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal prolapse
  • Wound infections

What is recovery from a hysterectomy like?

After your hysterectomy, your body promptly enters menopause. If you still have your ovaries, you reach menopause sooner than usual, but not right away. Rest as needed enhances your recovery. Dr. Judd may make other recommendations as well, such as avoiding penetrative sex and lifting heavy objects for six weeks or so.