When there is a condition affecting the uterus and the symptoms are causing a decrease in your quality of life, it may time to consider a hysterectomy. At Women's Health at Valley View, our team of skilled OB/GYNs may recommend a hysterectomy when other treatments may have not been effective or if you are looking for a permanent form of birth control. Through varying surgical techniques, a hysterectomy is a procedure that removes part or all of the uterus, which can eliminate subsequent conditions, such as fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, or endometriosis. To learn more, we invite you to schedule a private consultation at one of our locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to learn more about a hysterectomy.
"Truly BLESSED: - God has been so good to me, placing this woman in my path. She’s the first that took me seriously wo eye-rolls n the words “inconclusive” and “hypochondriac”!!!!!!!God alone "dropped her in my lap". I was at a Ladies' Bible Study n a woman there was talking about her Dr. n how pleased she was with her. I asked for the name:Dr. Katie Mang-Smith atWomen's Health at Valley-View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.She took the time to go over the paperwork / results from the multiple tests I've had done elsewhere since Jan 2017, multiple UAs, a cystoscopy, a CT scan, a pelvic ultrasound, and several pelvic exams,....) the problems I've been having that prompted me to have them, n my frustration of getting no answers / “inconclusive” results.The surgery was planned as "exploratory" to discover why n ended up being a major effort / undertaking of precision repair(s),for problems, some I suspected, some, no one had any clue!!!!!!!What was supposed to be 1 1/2 - 2 hours, was a 4 hour surgery!!!!!!!Grateful to God for His Provision!!!!!!!I had my surgery on Tuesday, 27 NOV, 18. It’s now Friday. Dr Mang-Smith came to my hospital room Tuesday afternoon to explain / discuss what she’d accomplished:After my previous partial hysterectomy (Colorado Springs 1998) and in the 20 years since,upon visual inspection, Dr. Mang-Smith discovered:Vaginal cuff, bladder, colon, ovaries and tubes all stuck together w a lot of scar tissue / adhesions,creating a large knotted lump / cluster of imperfectly, often painfully functioning organs, including confirmation of vaginal cuff that had come “unbuttoned” from the previous surgery.(Explains a LOT of on-going symptoms!!!!!!!)The pictures are shocking / stunning.She had to dissect it all to separate / get it apart.Once apart:Discovered a fistula n removed a portion of colon / repaired it.Removed (dead / atrophied / w cyst) ovaries n tubes.Put remaining items in their proper places, allowing them to freely move, naturally.Repaired the “unbuttoned” vaginal cuff.More incisions than planned to allow for tools -some glued, some sewn; a bit warm, but healing nicely.VERY sore -esp left side where biggest incisions are.On norco n ibuprofen for pain.On fluids, liquid diet / transition to soft / reg.Now home.Still a bit dizzy, n puffy from fluid, as well as some pain from gas, and other minor discomforts. Only a bit of nausea. A bit of fever yesterday, but all in all, vitals are good, n recovery seems to be going well.She called me yesterday and I told her how grateful I was -she’s basically saved my life. If all this had gone undiscovered (doesn’t show on any of the tests I’ve done!!!!!!!) for another 10-20 years, I’d never have survived it. (I’m 58 -would’ve had much more difficulty at 78!!!!!!!)Thank you SO very much, Dr. Mang-Smith, for your attentiveness, kindness, and skill!!!!!!! Recommending you will be one of the greatest privileges / pleasures of my life!!!!!!!Gratefully,Deborah Christine Garrett 🐝"- Anonymous / Vitals / Nov 30, 2018
At Women's Health at Valley View, our team of board-certified OB/GYNs performs hysterectomies utilizing various surgical methods.
As the most common technique utilized for a hysterectomy, a traditional or open surgical procedure includes the use of a single large incision made across the abdomen. Through this incision, the uterus is removed and the area is stitched closed.
Using a laparoscope, a tube-like device with a camera attached to it, a laparoscopic hysterectomy typically only involves three small incisions to the abdomen. Through these small incisions, the uterus is removed. With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the recovery process is usually much quicker.
What to Expect
Following a hysterectomy, you will not be able to get pregnant and will no longer experience a menstrual period. Depending on your existing conditions, the fallopian tubes or ovaries may also be removed during a hysterectomy. Despite your age, when the ovaries are removed, your body will enter menopause. Whatever the reason for your hysterectomy, our team of specialists will educate you on your procedure options and provide you with information on what you can expect before, during, and after a partial or full hysterectomy. We also understand that a surgical treatment option may not be right for every patient, which is why we typically recommend less invasive forms of treatment prior to a surgical procedure.
Improve Your Health
When other treatment options have failed or if you are looking for a permanent form of birth control, a hysterectomy may be a good procedure option for you. Our team of board-certified OG/GYNs can help you understand your various treatment options, as well as the process involved with a hysterectomy. Contact one of our Colorado locations to learn more and to schedule your initial consultation.