When she talks to patients who need a hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of the uterus, Yale Medicine's Linda Fan, MD, makes one thing clear.
"This is not your mother or grandmother's hysterectomy," Dr. Fan, director of Yale Medicine Gynecologic Specialties, tells her patients. "And women often can't believe it when I tell them they can often go home the next day after surgery. It's completely unlike what it used to be."
Traditionally, this surgery was highly invasive due to the need for a large abdominal incision. Today, new research developments and technologies allow surgeons to perform hysterectomies using minimally invasive techniques, which offer smaller incisions, less pain and quicker recovery. At Yale Medicine, our surgeons are skilled at these procedures.