The Difference Between a Partial and Total Hysterectomy

While the thought of losing an organ, such as your uterus, may seem frightening, the procedure can help restore your quality of life and your health. Not to mention, thanks to advanced surgical techniques, we’re able to tailor the procedure to remedy your unique issues.

As the first area physician to perform hysterectomies using the less invasive laparoscopic-assisted technique, Dr. David Foulk has extensive experience in this arena.

At Marion Ob/Gyn Inc., we have an in-depth knowledge of the procedure, and we believe that patient education is important, which is why we’re discussing the different types of hysterectomies here.

Why choose a hysterectomy?

There are any number of reasons why 600,000 women in the United States choose to undergo a hysterectomy each year, including:

Of this list, uterine fibroids are the most common driver of hysterectomies in the country.

What’s the difference between partial and total hysterectomies?

While the answer to this question may seem obvious, it’s important to understand the different types of hysterectomies, which include:

Total hysterectomy

In this procedure, we remove your uterus, as well as your cervix.

Partial hysterectomy

This procedure is also called a supracervical hysterectomy, which is a technique in which we remove the upper part of your uterus, but leave your cervix intact.

Radical hysterectomy

If you have uterine cancer, we may turn to a radical hysterectomy, in which we remove your uterus, cervix, and the top part of your vagina. We may also remove your ovaries and/or your fallopian tubes depending upon how far cancer may have spread.

Of the hundreds of thousands of hysterectomies performed each year, total and partial hysterectomies are, by far, the most common.

Advanced techniques for your total or partial hysterectomy

As we mentioned, our own Dr. Foulk is a leader in using an advanced technique called the laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy. 

Instead of making an incision in your abdomen, Dr. Foulk makes only a very small incision in your vagina and performs the work using a specially designed lighted camera and tools that allow him to avoid an open surgery. 

The advantages of this approach are myriad and include:

Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomies are recommended by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for benign diseases, and Dr. Foulk uses this technique whenever possible. 

If you have more questions about the different types of hysterectomies, please contact our office in Marion, Ohio, to set up a consultation.

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