Ray Greco, D.O.
Women's Health Specialist of Newton, Rockdale and Walton County 
Gynecology and Gynecological Surgery
770 787 2674
                                               Hysterectomy
          A hysterectomy is the removal of your uterus ( womb) and usually the cervix as well.
The decision to remove your ovaries as well is based on your age, the reason you are having a
hysterectomy and your feelings about keeping your ovaries. Dr Greco wants to be sure that you fully understand the good and the bad about removing or keeping the ovaries so the two of you will have plenty of time to discuss it.
       
          There are a few things you must know about a  hysterectomy
1)  You will not have periods ever again
2)  You will never be able to have children in the future. 
3)  You will be in the hospital for one night if done with the scope and two nights if otherwise
4)  You will be out of work for at least 4 6 weeks
5)  You will be seen in the office one week after your surgery

          If your uterus is not too big, Dr Greco can do your hysterectomy with a scope. 

          Using the scope, the procedure is called a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
        
          To do that, Dr Greco will make a small incision just below your belly button and then two additional incisions near your pubic hairline. Each incision is only about one half inch long. He will then use the scope to disconnect your uterus and pull it out thru the vagina. He will then place stitches at the top of the vagina, remove the scope and stitch the three small incisions with absorbable sutures so that you will not need to have staples or stitches removed later. After
staying over night in the hospital, you will be fine to go home the next morning.
        
If this has not answered all of your questions, call us at 770-787-2674 or e mail Office Nurse