Hysterectomy Specialist

Metropolitan Women's Center

Gigi Hafizi, MD

OB-GYN located in Annandale, VA

Although it’s overwhelming to think about, a hysterectomy may be the only effective treatment for serious gynecological conditions, such as fibroids, uterine prolapse, or chronic pelvic pain. At Metropolitan Women’s Center in Annandale, Virginia, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, offers minimally invasive hysterectomies that lead to faster, easier recoveries. Dr. Hafizi explores every treatment option before performing a hysterectomy, but in necessary cases, she relies on vaginal and laparoscopic procedures. To learn more, call or click online to book an appointment with Dr. Hafizi today.

Hysterectomy Q&A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of your uterus. If necessary, Dr. Hafizi may remove one or both of your ovaries or fallopian tubes as well.

Traditional hysterectomies require a large incision in your abdomen and require six weeks for recovery. Dr. Hafizi also practices minimally invasive hysterectomy surgeries, which use smaller incisions and require about two to four weeks for recovery.

What are minimally invasive hysterectomies?

Depending on your condition and suitability, Dr. Hafizi may recommend one of the following procedures:

Vaginal hysterectomy

With this method, Dr. Hafizi removes your uterus through a small incision inside your vagina instead of a large one on your abdomen.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A laparoscopic hysterectomy uses a special instrument called a laparoscope, which provides Dr. Hafizi with a visual image of the inside of your body. She makes a small incision in your abdomen and inserts the laparoscope, which she uses to remove your uterus through the same incision.

Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy

This type of hysterectomy is similar to the vaginal procedure, but it also uses a laparoscope for viewing purposes.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive hysterectomies?

Minimally invasive and laparoscopic procedures offer several advantages over traditional abdominal hysterectomies, including:

  • Less to no scarring
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Fewer side effects

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomies are often the last option when other treatments, such as medications or hormone therapy, fail to improve your condition. Dr. Hafizi may recommend a hysterectomy if you have any of the following:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer
  • Chronic pelvic pain

What should I expect from a hysterectomy procedure?

Dr. Hafizi performs hysterectomies in an operating room, not in her office. Before the procedure, she consults with you to answer any questions and discuss the best options for anesthesia.

The amount of recovery time you need depends on the type of procedure you get. Although vaginal hysterectomies are less invasive and heal faster, you may require extra help at home for several days to weeks. You shouldn’t lift anything heavy or have vaginal intercourse for about six weeks after surgery.

If you suffer from a serious gynecological problem and want to learn more about minimally invasive hysterectomies, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.