Advanced Pelvic Surgery

Robert Gregory Owens, MD

Urogynecologist located in West Chester, OH

Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed gynecologic procedure in the United States, but that doesn’t make your decision about this surgery any easier. Dr. Robert Gregory Owens takes the time to listen and help you make the best treatment decision for your health at Advanced Pelvic Surgery. He holds double board certification in OB/GYN and female pelvic surgery and has extensive experience performing hysterectomies using several surgical techniques, including the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System. To ask questions or schedule an appointment, call the friendly office staff in West Chester, Ohio or book an appointment online today.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What conditions does a hysterectomy treat?

In most cases, Dr. Owens recommends hysterectomy as the last treatment after all other options have failed. It may be the first and only option, however, if you have uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer.

The non-cancerous conditions that commonly call for a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids: non-cancerous growths in the wall of your uterus
  • Endometriosis: tissue from the inner wall of your uterus grows outside the uterus
  • Uterine prolapse: pelvic floor muscles weaken, and the uterus drops toward your vagina
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding: heavy or prolonged menstrual periods
  • Adenomyosis: tissues usually lining the inside of the uterus grow into the muscular uterine wall

What are the types of hysterectomies?

Dr. Owens may perform one of several types of hysterectomies, depending on your underlying condition:

  • Total hysterectomy: entire uterus and cervix are removed
  • Partial hysterectomy: upper part of the uterus is removed, and cervix stays intact
  • Radical hysterectomy: entire uterus, cervix, and upper part of the vagina are removed

During a hysterectomy, Dr. Owens may also remove one or both of your ovaries and fallopian tubes if necessary.

How’s a hysterectomy performed?

Depending on your case, Dr. Owens may use traditional open surgery with one abdominal incision or remove your uterus through an incision in your vagina.

He performs minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery by inserting specialized surgical tools contained in long, thin tubes through several tiny abdominal incisions. The primary tool, a laparoscope, has a light and camera to give Dr. Owens an exceptional view of the surgical site.

What is robotic surgery?

Dr. Owens is an expert in performing minimally invasive surgery with the advanced da Vinci® Surgical System. This procedure is similar to laparoscopic surgery but has the distinct advantage of using robotized arms.

Robotic instruments have a greater range of motion than human wrists and allow Dr. Owens to perform surgery with superior precision.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery causes significantly less trauma to your body than open surgery and providing benefits such as:

  • Less pain
  • Minimal blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery
  • Minimal scarring

For hysterectomy, you can count on the compassionate care and experience of the team at Advanced Pelvic Surgery, where Dr. Owens has practiced urogynecology for more than 20 years. He’s a physician who always takes time to listen and who treats each patient like they are family. To schedule an appointment, call or book an appointment online.