Indianapolis Location
8051 S. Emerson Ave., Suite 400
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237

317.865.3600


Mooresville Location
1205 Hadley Rd.
Mooresville, Indiana 46158

317.584.3454

Hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Depending on the type of hysterectomy performed and the reason it is being recommended, removal of the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes are sometimes performed during the same surgery.

  1. daVinci:  Click here to learn more about daVinci.
  2. Total Vaginal Hysterectomy: The uterus and cervix are removed through an incision inside the vagina. If recommended by your surgeon due to medical necessity, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may or may not be removed.
  3. Total Abdominal Hysterectomy: The uterus and cervix are removed through an abdominal incision. The incision is 4” to 6” across the abdomen. If recommended by your surgeon due to medical necessity, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may or may not be removed. Abdominal hysterectomy leaves a visible scare on your abdomen.
  4. Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy: The uterus and cervix are removed through an incision inside the vagina, assisted by a laparoscope, inserted through a small abdominal incision.

All hysterectomies are performed under general anesthesia and require an average hospital stay of 1 to 2 nights. Recovery time for a hysterectomy is from four to six weeks depending on individual recovery time.  A four week post-operative visit will be set at the time of scheduling with your physician to determine if you are fully recovered and are able to return to work and/or regular activities.

Preparing for Surgery

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Getting to Surgery: Facility Information

Our Indianapolis Doctor’s schedule surgeries at the following locations:

Franciscan Surgery Center
5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite 100
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237
Phone: 317-528-5900
Fax: 317-528-5909
http://www.franciscansurgerycenter.com
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St. Francis Hospital Indianapolis
8111 S. Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46237
Phone: 317-528-5000
http://www.franciscanalliance.org/hospitals/indianapolis/pages/default.aspx
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Community Surgery Center South
1550 E. County Line Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Phone: 317-887-7600
Fax: 317-887-7606
http://www.eCommunity.com
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Community Hospital South
1402 E. County Line Road South
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227
Phone: 317-887-7000
http://www.ecommunity.com/s/communitysouth/community-hospital-south/
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Our Mooresville Doctor’s Schedule surgery at the below facilities:

St. Francis Mooresville
1201 Hadley Road
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
Phone: 317-831-1160
http://www.franciscanalliance.org/hospitals/mooresville/pages/default.aspx
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Ambulatory Surgery Center
1215 Hadley Road, Suite 100
Mooresville, Indiana 46158
Phone: 317-834-9900
Fax: 317-834-9501
http://www.stfrancismooresvillesurgerycenter.org

IU Health West Hospital
1111 N. Ronald Reagan Parkway
Avon, Indiana 46123
Phone: 317-217-3000
http://iuhealth.org/west/
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Post-Operative Instructions: Hysterectomy & Other Major Surgeries

 Warning Signs: Please call our office if, after arrival home, you experience a sustained fever greater than 101.5 on two measurements more than four hours apart, pain that is not relieved by your prescribed pain medication, heavy bleeding greater than one full pad an hour, persistent vomiting, or change in your bowel or bladder habits.

Activity: You may climb stairs if necessary, but limit your trips to two to three trips a day for the first two weeks after surgery. Morning and afternoon rest periods are advisable. Please restrict lifting to eight to ten pounds until your follow-up appointment. You may drive a car two weeks after your surgery if you feel capable of doing so. However, do not plan trips until your checkup, unless otherwise indicated.

Bleeding: Intermittent vaginal bleeding may be present until your checkup. This bleeding can stop and restart up to four weeks or so. Please call if you have heavy bleeding, greater than one full pad an hour.

Bathing: Showers and tubs are permitted at any time for vaginal surgeries. Following abdominal surgeries, showers are recommended rather than tub bathing during the first two weeks recovery to allow your incision time to heal. If you have had vaginal surgery, you may find tub baths to be a comfort measure, as well as a way to promote healing.

Bowels: Keep bowel movements soft by drinking large quantities of water and maintaining a good dietary intake of fruit and fiber. If necessary, use a laxative such as Miralax® or stool softener such as Colace or Surfak, All of these medication are available over the counter.

Bladder: To prevent infection and for proper bladder care, drink large quantities of water and cranberry juice.

Diet: Regular foods including lean meat and green leafy vegetables are suggested. If your doctor recommends an iron supplement, and over the counter supplement can be used. A daily multivitamin is recommended.

Sexual Intercourse: You should not place anything in your vagina until after your follow-up appointment. This includes tampons, douching, or having intercourse.

Incision(s): Your incision(s) should be cleaned daily with antibacterial soap and water. Absorbable stitches have been used in your incision and do not need to be removed. Dermabond glue may have been used over your incision. You may remove the glue one to two weeks after surgery. One month after surgery, you may use Mederma (over the counter) on your incision to decrease scarring. If the sutures have not dissolved by your post-operative visit, they may need to be removed at that time.

Support: A snug girdle or abdominal binder may help after surgery if desired. You may find this especially helpful following and abdominal surgery.

Return Visit: If you do not have a follow-up appointment already scheduled, please call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment to be seen between four and six weeks after surgery.

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