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A Guide to Total Hysterectomy, the Benefits of Minimally-Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

Minimally-invasive procedures offer many benefits to patients. These techniques minimize trauma to the treatment site during surgery. In turn, smaller incisions are associated with fewer risks and complications, such as bleeding, significant scars, infections, and exposure to contaminants. Additionally, fast and healthy healing is supported with less to recover from. Time in the hospital and overall costs are also reduced. At Northwestern Women’s Health Associates in Chicago, Illinois, we use laparoscopic technologies and techniques to perform surgeries (such as total hysterectomy) as a minimally-invasive alternative to conventional “open” surgery.

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy in Chicago IL Area

Total Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy represents one of the most common surgeries administered in the United States. A “partial” hysterectomy involves removing a portion of the uterus – but not the cervix. “Radical” hysterectomy removes both the uterus and cervix, some surrounding tissue, and part of the vagina. The most common type, a total hysterectomy, removes the uterus and cervix.

 A total hysterectomy may be advised and appropriate to resolve or treat: 

  • Excessive menorrhagia or menstrual bleeding
  • Benign fibroid growths
  • Pre-cancerous tumors
  • Uterine cancers
  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Pelvic prolapse

Laparoscopy

If we determine that you are a good candidate for a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, the process generally involves using a small camera (laparoscope). The laparoscope is inserted through a minimal incision or cut. In doing so, our surgeon can “see” or view the inside of the abdomen clearly with a monitor. So, small instruments can then be precisely and dexterously maneuvered to perform the surgery. These instruments, too, are introduced through minimal, small incisions. After the uterus is separated, it is removed through the vagina.  Then the vaginal cuff is closed. 

We have considerable surgical skill and capabilities on-site to offer conventional laparoscopy and robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy with the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System. Dr Friedell is our robotic surgeon. This system provides significant magnification of the treatment site and dexterity, supporting precision and optimal outcomes. 

Patients who undergo minimally-invasive total hysterectomy with our laparoscopic options generally experience minor discomfort, fewer infections, and a faster recovery than women who undergo more invasive abdominal hysterectomies that involve making one large incision in the lower abdomen to remove the uterus. We will discuss what to expect before, during, and after the procedure, including after-care. It is not uncommon to experience light bleeding, soreness, and cramping. While every patient heals at a different pace, you may return to many of your usual activities within around two weeks post-surgery. 

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A total hysterectomy can free patients of heavy periods, menstruation-related pain, and symptoms associated with endometriosis, fibroids, and other conditions. Our approach to conventional surgical techniques, laparoscopy, with or without robotic systems, resolves these conditions and improves patients’ quality of life in a comfortable, cost-effective, highly precise, and efficient way. Not all patients are candidates for laparoscopic hysterectomy. We would be happy to discuss your options. 

We at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates welcome your questions about treating bleeding and other uterine conditions or concerns. Call 312-440-9400 to schedule an appointment at our Chicago office, conveniently located on North Lake Shore Drive.

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women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman highest level of sensitive, specialized care

At Northwestern Women's Health Associates

your unique needs are our highest priority.

Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD; Marc Feldstein, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Lisa Brunengraber, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; Whitney Dunn, MD; and Aleena Lakhanpal, MD. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.

Success Stories

  • 5 Star Review
    "Wonderful experience with Dr. Julianne Morton @ NW Women's Associates. I've recommended her to countless girlfriends. Being a first time mom, I went through many physical symptoms and emotions that accompany pregnancy. She is extremely thorough, patient, and has wonderful bedside manner. I felt confident going into delivery with Dr. Morton taking the lead with my delivery. Wonderful practice!"

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    "Dr. Morton is absolutely amazing. She cared for me throughout my first pregnancy and we found her to be kind and caring and straightforward - could not have asked for a better experience! Dr. Dunn ended up being on call during my delivery and she was great as well. I have always found the nurses and office staff to be friendly and on top of things - very happy with the practice!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "I had to have a laproscopic hysterectomy done by Dr. Friedell and all went fabulously! They were very detailed in pre-op which made a lot of difference. I came out of surgery feeling great and post op I was back to work within two weeks. Everyone at the practice, at the hospital, at pre-op were incredible."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr.Julianne Morton is amazing! I was recommended by a friend when I moved to the Chicago area and was looking for an OB-GYN. I have seen her for two years in Chicago for my yearly exam. She is beyond kind and great at what she does. Dr.Morton makes you feel very comfortable and is such an incredible doctor! I have recommended her to all of my friends as well who need a new gyno/OB-GYN."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr. Morton is a really great doctor. She has an incredible bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable. She makes sure to ask if you have any questions and will happily answer all of them with you. Would highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr. Friedell is amazing! He helped delivered my first baby and the whole process was super smooth and stress free. All the staff in the office are super friendly too. Highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "I visited Dr Feldstein office yesterday. All of his stuff was very kind and nice to me. He has a professional-team, so I know I have nothing to be afraid of. Just wanted to say thanks to all the people I meet. I am in good hands."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr Freidell is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and really cares about his patients. He is very good at getting to the root of the problem, especially with overlapping symptoms. He guided me through all my options and their implications. I will highly recommend him and his team."

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  • 5 Star Review
    "I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!"
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  • 5 Star Review

    "I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent. "

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