As an OB/GYN, Dr. David Ahdoot is quite experienced in the performance of hysterectomy. The goal is to be as non-invasive as possible to make the patient's recovery as quick and easy as possible.
There are a variety of ways to perform this surgery. Modern technological advances have improved the hysterectomy scene. The introduction of laparoscopy involves the use of a camera, and robotic hysterectomy allows for more "hands" and greater intricacy in surgery.
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Hi, my name is David Ahdoot. I am a board certified OB/GYN, and I work at Saint John’s Hospital, which services the greater Los Angeles area.
We now have a lot of new exciting, different ways of doing a hysterectomy. The whole point of it would be to decrease the invasiveness of the procedure and increase the speed with which the patient recovers.
One alternative, which has been around for many years, is a vaginal hysterectomy. Another alternative is a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy where with the assist of a camera, we look from above as we complete the hysterectomy, partially from intra-abdominal approach and partially from vaginal approach.
Another new exciting method is the robotic method of performing hysterectomy, which has adopted similar methods except you literally have a robot assisting or actually performing the surgery. Of course, the main surgeon is in charge, but with a robot you have the ability to use multiple hands, and multiple different techniques are combined within the same procedure, and the idea would be to, again, decrease recovery rate of infection and the speed with which the patient can get back to work.
Depending on the reasons the person’s having the hysterectomy, there is always other alternatives.