HYSTERECTOMY TREATMENT

WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE OF WOBURN

ROBOT-ASSISTED HYSTERECTOMY

Dr. Chun performs robot-assisted hysterectomies to give women a minimally invasive option that offers benefits over both traditional open surgery and laparoscopy.

ENDOMETRIOSIS RESECTION

If you suffer from chronic or severe symptoms of endometriosis, such as painful, heavy periods, infertility, or pain with intercourse, an endometriosis resection is often recommended to remove endometrial implants.

MYOMECTOMY

For patients who require surgery to treat uterine fibroids but want to avoid a hysterectomy, a myomectomy (the surgical removal of fibroid tumors) is recommended.

HYSTERECTOMY TREATMENT OPTIONS

A hysterectomy—the surgical removal of the uterus—is often recommended to treat symptoms caused by certain common, benign gynecologic conditions.  Conditions such as fibroids (growths in and/or around the uterus), endometriosis (uterine lining growing outside the uterus), adenomyosis (uterine lining grows into the wall of the uterus), or pelvic prolapse (slipping of the uterus, vagina, or bladder) can cause pain, heavy bleeding, and other symptoms.  When symptoms are severe, hysterectomy is recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

My doctor has recommended a hysterectomy. What are my surgical options?

There are a few common procedures to remove the uterus.  A hysterectomy can be performed by removing the uterus through the vagina, but if the uterus is large or there is internal scarring from previous procedures or conditions, abdominal hysterectomy may be necessary.  Abdominal hysterectomy is an open surgery, requiring a large incision and a recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks.  A hysterectomy can also be performed laparoscopically to remove the uterus through the abdomen, but laparoscopic instruments are long-handled and rigid, making this procedure challenging and complex.

Can robotic surgery help?

A robot-assisted hysterectomy gives women a minimally invasive option that offers benefits over both traditional open surgery and laparoscopy.  Due to the enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control the robotic surgical system provides, the potential benefits of a robot-assisted hysterectomy include less blood loss, fewer complications, a shorter hospital stay, minimal scarring, and less need for narcotic pain medication.

Dr. Chun is a hysterectomy doctor in Boston and performs robot-assisted hysterectomies at hospitals throughout the Greater Boston area and in Southern New Hampshire using the da Vinci Surgical System.  If you would like more information about a robot-assisted hysterectomy or your other surgical options, call to make an appointment with Dr. Chun at 781.787.3003.

Are there risks?

Risks associated with hysterectomy vary in frequency according to the type of surgical method employed.  The risks include infection, damage to the bowel, bladder, or other tissues in the pelvis, bleeding, blood clots, pain, and complication from anesthesia.  As with any surgical procedure, fatalities can occur, but are extremely rare. 

What should I expect during recovery after a hysterectomy?

After surgery, you will rest and recover in the waiting room or post-anesthesia care unit for a few hours before you are given a space in the hospital or discharged.  Your hospital stay and recovery time will depend on the method of your surgery.  While in the hospital the medical staff will explain your surgical aftercare, including signs of infection and how soon you may return to your normal activities.  Generally, you will be ordered not to lift anything greater than 10 pounds for 4-6 weeks.  In addition, you cannot insert anything vaginally for 4-6 weeks.  You will experience some bleeding, though bleeding saturating more than one pad per hour warrants a call to your doctor.  If your doctor used stitches to seal an incision site during a vaginal hysterectomy, you may experience some bleeding 14 days after the surgery when the stitches start to fall out.  This is nothing to be concerned about unless the bleeding saturates more than one pad per hour.

You will be advised to call your doctor if any of the following signs of infection occur:  a temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, severe abdominal pain at the site of the surgery, bleeding from the incision site that does not improve after 12 hours of applying bandages and pressure, or thick, pus-like discharge from your incision site, vaginal bleeding saturating more than one pad per hour, or foul smelling discharge from the vagina.  You should also contact your doctor if you experience any other symptom that concerns you.

TESTIMONIALS

I appreciate his relaxed manner and willingness to discuss any and all of my concerns. Dr. Chun was very thorough. I would happily recommend him to those closest to me.

Mary P.

Verified Patient, ZocDoc

Loved him! He took the time to get to know me as a person before the exam. He listened and was very friendly and professional.

Kristen C.

Verified Patient, ZocDoc

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At Women’s Healthcare of Woburn, you receive high quality healthcare in a comfortable and friendly environment. Our medical care covers every phase of a woman’s life, from adolescence and the reproductive years through the perimenopausal and postmenopausal years. We provide comprehensive health screening exams and focus on encouraging healthy lifestyles.

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ABOUT DR. CHUN

Dr. Byungyol (Bill) Chun is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Woburn, MA with over twenty-five years experience in medicine. He currently treats patients at his practice, Women’s Healthcare of Woburn, affiliated with Winchester Hospital. He has worked in communities north of Boston for over 15 years, and has surgical privileges at hospitals and surgical centers throughout the Greater Boston area and in southern New Hampshire. He is a leading provider of minimally-invasive robotic surgery in New England.

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What We Offer

Who

Dr. Chun sees patients at Women’s Healthcare of Woburn, his private practice in Woburn, MA. Together with a dedicated nursing staff, he provides patients with high quality healthcare in a comfortable and friendly environment. Gynecologic care at Women’s Healthcare of Woburn extends from adolescence and the reproductive years through the perimenopausal and postmenopausal years.

What

Patients at Women’s Healthcare of Woburn receive treatment for many benign gynecological conditions, including Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, and Uterine Fibroids. The women’s health clinic also offers a full range of gynecologic care, including routine physicals and blood tests, PAP smears and annual gynecologic exams, contraception of all types, infertility evaluations, menopause treatment, osteoporosis prevention and treatment, comprehensive breast health, and overactive bladder management.

How

Dr. Chun provides state-of-the-art, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including advanced laparoscopic procedures and robotic surgery, hysterectomy, and tubal ligation. He is a leading provider of robotic surgery in New England with hospital and surgical affiliations in Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. He offers comprehensive pregnancy care with Labor & Delivery at Winchester Hospital. He also offers medically-supervised weight loss programs at Women’s Healthcare of Woburn, tailored to each patient’s individual needs.