Dr. Daniel Stone, MD FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ
Dr. Daniel Stone, MD performs Robotic-assisted, laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies for patients in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and surrounding Arizona areas. Because these routes of hysterectomy are minimally invasive, it provides the benefit of quicker recovery, fewer complications and risks compared to patients who have a traditional hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy and what are the different types of hysterectomies?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus and cervix. There are several different types of hysterectomies, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Total Vaginal Hysterectomy: This is a surgical procedure to remove the cervix and uterus through a vaginal incision. It is widely considered the safest way to remove the uterus. It also results in no abdominal incisions. Unfortunately, this route is being used less and less among gynecologists. Dr. Stone has performed close to a thousand vaginal hysterectomies and is very experienced with this technique. Talk to Dr. Stone if this is the right route of hysterectomy for you. He may suggest another route if you have an enlarged uterus, large fibroids, or other abdominal procedures that need to be performed such as Sacrocolpopexy or taking out the tubes and ovaries
Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: This is a surgical procedure to remove the cervix and uterus using instruments placed through small incisions on the abdomen. The uterus is removed through the vagina. This is often done with robotic assistance and in that case, it is called a robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Dr. Stone typically recommends this hysterectomy if other laparoscopic procedures are needed, or if a patient has an enlarged uterus.
Laparoscopic Supracervical (Subtotal) hysterectomy: This is a hysterectomy where the uterus is removed but the cervix remains in place. The uterus is then removed by enlarging an abdominal incision. This procedure is often done with robotic assistance and is then called a Robotic-assisted laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. Dr. Stone typically performs this procedure when performing a Sacrocolpopexy to reduce the rate of mesh exposure.
There are also terms that are used among the general population that are not usually used by gynecologists. “Complete hysterectomy” is often used to describe the removal of the uterus, cervix, tubes, and ovaries. “Partial hysterectomy” is often used to describe leaving the tubes and ovaries. Dr. Stone will typically refer to the removal of the tubes and/or ovaries as a separate procedure.
What conditions does a hysterectomy treat?
There are many conditions that a hysterectomy can treat including
- Uterine Fibroids
- Uterine growths
- Uterine cancer
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Vaginal bleeding
- Pelvic Organ prolapse
- Uterine prolapse
- Cervical dysplasia (abnormal pap smears)
- Pelvic Pain
- Painful intercourse (Pain with sex)
- Problems with essure
What are the benefits of a hysterectomy?
The most significant benefit it the resolution of the condition for which the hysterectomy is being performed. It also eliminates potential future problems with the uterus later in life such as abnormal bleeding and uterine cancer.
Who are good candidates for a hysterectomy?
The best candidates for hysterectomy are women include the following
- Women who are not planning on any more children
- Women diagnosed with a condition that can be resolved by removing the uterus
- Women who are in good health
What are the risks of a hysterectomy?
Dr. Stone uses minimally invasive techniques to minimize the risks associated with a hysterectomy. However, it is still major surgery and there are some risks which include the following
- Pain, swelling, numbness near incision sites
- Damage to nearby organs such as bowel, bladder, and rectum
- Blood clots and problems related to anesthesia
Also, after a hysterectomy, a woman will not be able to sustain a pregnancy.
What is the recovery like?
Dr. Stone recommends 6 weeks of no heavy lifting (no more than 15 lbs) and 6 weeks of pelvic rest after a hysterectomy.
Are there any other surgeries that are commonly performed with hysterectomy?
Yes, rarely is this surgery performed in isolation. Dr. Stone will discuss with you any other surgeries that would be performed at the same time. Other commonly performed surgeries include:
- Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of tubes and ovaries)
- Bilateral Salpingectomy (removal of tubes)
- Prolapse repair surgeries
- Cystoscopy (a camera used to look inside the bladder)
- Anti-incontinence surgeries
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
We accept most insurance policies for your convenience. Please contact your insurance carrier to verify your individual benefits and any copays or coinsurance that are part of your plan. Patients are responsible for notifying our office if a specific plan requires precertification, preauthorization, or a referral (especially HMOs). Please call the phone number on the back of your insurance card to verify your provider network participation as insurance carriers change policies often.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016-1302
Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM – 5 PM
Main: (602) 788-1521
Fax: (602) 688-5420
Conveniently located just off Highway 51 on Maryland Avenue just East of 16TH Street between East Bethany Home Road and East Glendale Avenue.