Questions to Ask When Considering Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

If you or someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a condition requiring hysterectomy surgery, you likely have many questions and concerns. For those who are considering a minimally invasive approach to hysterectomy – such as laparoscopic hysterectomy – there are unique questions you should ask your doctor. A few of these include:

What minimally invasive options and alternatives are available?

You should ask your doctor about all available surgical options. For hysterectomy, minimally invasive options may vary and may include laparoscopic-assisted surgery and robotic hysterectomy, among others. In addition to asking about various minimally invasive options, you should also discuss whether other hysterectomy alternatives are available.

Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?

All medical professionals should thoroughly evaluate patients to determine the nature of their condition and current level of health. A doctor who specializes in minimally invasive approaches to hysterectomy can assess a patient's unique situation to determine if she is suitable for surgery, including minimally invasive options. Certain pre-existing conditions, for example, may increase risks and disqualify patients from being candidates for minimally invasive surgery.

What are the risks and benefits associated with minimally invasive procedures?

Doctors should always discuss the risks and benefits associated with minimally invasive procedures. Although all surgeries entail risks, they may vary from procedure to procedure. Robotic hysterectomy, for example, has been found to pose elevated risks to patients, including blood loss, infection, and post-surgery complications.

What is your experience with performing minimally invasive surgeries?

You should always speak with your doctor about their experience with performing minimally invasive hysterectomies. These procedures should be performed by doctors who have experience in the field. If your doctor has only performed a few minimally invasive hysterectomies, or only a few each year, you may want to consider working with a medical professional who has more experience.

Will insurance cover my procedure?

Many patients have concerns over how they will pay for hysterectomy. A doctor and other medical professionals can help you understand how insurance may cover the procedure, or how to pay for hysterectomy when insurance does not cover the procedure.

Seek a second opinion!

Dr. Tamer Seckin founded with the intent to provide women across the country with a comprehensive resource about hysterectomy surgery. As a leader in the field of laparoscopic surgery and gynecologic conditions, Dr. Seckin has become a highly regarded and trusted figure throughout the national medical community. You can find more answers to frequently asked questions on our FAQ page.

If you live in New York or the Tri-State area – or if you are interested in traveling to New York – you can have access to a leading authority on the subject of hysterectomy who is prepared to answer any questions you may have.

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