Vaginal Hysterectomy Specialist

Advanced Women's Center

Okey Okoli, M.D. FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in San Antonio, TX

Many women find relief from painful gynecological conditions through a vaginal hysterectomy. When faced with medical issues, having a specialist you know and trust makes it easier to navigate the decision-making process. Dr. Okey Okoli helps women in their most acute times of need, and understands the importance of compassion in medical care. His years of experience with vaginal hysterectomy is just part of why so many women wouldn't consider placing their health in anyone else's hands. Schedule an appointment at Advanced Women's Center in San Antonio, Texas, online or over the phone.

Vaginal Hysterectomy Q & A

What is vaginal hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of — either the entire, or a portion of — the uterus. While this process is sometimes done through an incision in the abdomen, a vaginal hysterectomy is performed through the vagina.

Many physicians and women prefer vaginal hysterectomies, due to the fact that it requires no abdominal incision. It also has a shorter recovery period than abdominal hysterectomy, and is often less expensive.

In addition to removing your uterus, a hysterectomy may also involve surgically removing your cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.

Every woman has a unique set of medical needs, and Dr. Okoli discusses the pros and cons of all available options when creating an individualized treatment plan.

The procedure involves making an incision in your vagina to access your uterus. Next, Dr. Okoli uses special surgical instruments to stop blood flow to your uterus and detach it from surrounding tissues. He is then able to remove your uterus through your vaginal opening. If needed, dissolving sutures are used to control bleeding in the pelvis.

Why is vaginal hysterectomy done?

Vaginal hysterectomy is an effective treatment tool, but one that’s only done when medically necessary. There are a number of conditions that can be treated with vaginal hysterectomy, including:

  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Certain types of cancer are also best treated by a hysterectomy. For other conditions, vaginal hysterectomy is one of many available treatment options.

What are the risks associated with vaginal hysterectomy?

Vaginal hysterectomy has a well-established history of safety. That said, there are always risks with any type of surgical procedure, and vaginal hysterectomy is no exception. Some of those risks include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots in lungs or legs
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Damage to surrounding organs

You can reduce the risk of post-surgical complications by carefully following the advice of your doctor. This includes limiting heavy lifting for a few days after the procedure, and avoiding vaginal intercourse for a period of six weeks.  

To discuss whether vaginal hysterectomy is right for you, schedule a consultation with Advanced Women’s Center at your earliest convenience.