Urogynecologists located in Madison, MS & Flowood, MS
Hero: When women from in and around Jackson, Mississippi need to have their uteruses removed, the experts at Southeast Urogyn offer outpatient hysterectomy services including laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. While traditionally hysterectomies were performed in open incision surgeries and 3-4 days was spent in the hospital afterwards, the doctors at Southeast Urogyn now perform hysterectomies in minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures or with “incisionless” vaginal techniques whenever possible – and you can go home the same day!. Women have hysterectomies for a wide variety of conditions and health issues including:
- Abnormal or heavy vaginal bleeding
- Uterine fibroids with pain and bleeding
- Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain
- Adenomyosis or the thickening of the uterus
- Uterine prolapse: when the uterus slides from its correct position into the vaginal canal
- Cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer
What Is Laparoscopic Surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive form of surgery performed with the use of a laparoscope. A laparoscope is a long slender tube with a video camera mounted on the end. The surgeon makes a few small incisions in the patient’s abdomen and uses the laparoscope to see inside the body. The surgeon uses specially designed long thin instruments to perform the procedure inside the body. Throughout the surgery, carbon dioxide inflates the abdomen so that the surgeon has room to room to work and can see the area clearly. Laparoscopy offers a number of benefits to the patient including quicker recovery, less risk of infection, and less scarring.
What Is a Vaginal Hysterectomy?
During a vaginal hysterectomy, the doctor surgically removes the uterus through the vaginal cavity without having to make any incisions in the patient’s abdomen. The surgeon will detach the uterus from the upper vagina, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the blood vessels and connective tissue that hold it in place. It is then removed through the vaginal opening. This technique involves a quicker recovery time and has reduced risks compared to other forms of hysterectomy.
What Should I Expect Following the Hysterectomy?
Following the procedure, you will be observed as you recover from the anesthesia and should be released to go home on the same day. You will probably need a week or so to recover enough to return to work and regular activities. Our doctors have performed thousands of minimally-invasive hysterectomies so you will be in good hands.
Southeast Urogyn provides expert care, and wants every patient to be able to afford the checkups they need. If you have any questions about the insurance we accept, please call or office to see how we can best help you.
Words from our patients
"Southeast Urogyn is the BEST facility in Mississippi to go for any of your needs regarding menopause and Urogynecology."
"I met with Dr. Harris for the first time in August of 2015, and was immediately impressed. Please don't hesitate to make an appointment. You'll be glad you did."
"I felt no embarrassment from the initial physician's exam, the urodynamics testing by the nurse or the surgery. I could not have asked for a better doctor and staff."
"Dr. Harris explained everything in detail. He was very patient and kind. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends."
"I received a recommendation from a trusted source, and she was right on. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Harris to all my female friends."
"Dr. Harris is extremely professional and friendly. He has given my life back to me and I will always recommend him to others."
"Top notch doctor and staff. I was tremendously satisfied with my bladder sling surgery and results. Dr. Harris is compassionate and treats you with dignity."
"I had trouble with incontinence. My internal medicine dr. referred me to Dr. Speights. I had surgery 6 weeks ago and the results are amazing."
"I highly recommend him. He is very personable, confident, and a caring physician. Besides being a great physician, he is a wonderful person."
"Dr. Speights repaired several issues that I had been troubled with for some time. I can now return to my normal daily activities without any problems."
"I felt very comfortable talking with Dr. Speights about the issues that I was having. He explained everything to me and was open for any questions that I might have."
"Dr. Speights was very helpful and kind. He explained my diagnosis and surgery to me and my husband in detail and answered all of our questions."