WOMEN'S HEALTHCARE OF WOBURN

BILL CHUN MD

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.

NOT JUST A MEDICAL PRACTICE

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.

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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Care Philosophy

With over twenty-five years experience as a physician, advisor, and caregiver to women, I have unique insight into the challenges women face, and in particular, the challenges women face as they transition into middle age. I am passionate about helping women live better lives through health, and firmly believe that each woman is her own best health advocate. Education is the key to knowing all options and making the best possible health care choices.

GYNECOLOGY

Annual Gynecologic Exam

Evaluation of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Adolescent and Pediatric Gynecology

Contraception of all types

Treatment of Endometriosis

Treatment for symptoms of Menopause

Bioidentical Hormones

Osteopenia and Osteoporosis, prevention and treatment

Pelvic Pain, including dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)

PMS / Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) treatment

Sexual Dysfunction

Urinary Tract Infections (acute and chronic), prevention and treatment

Overactive Bladder management

Surgical and Non-Surgical Management of Uterine Fibroids

OBSTETRICS

Complete Obstetrical Care

In-office Ultrasound

Prenatal Care

High-risk Pregnancy

Prenatal Screening Tests

Gestational Diabetes

Pregnancy and Delivery over 40

Labor and Delivery at Winchester

Vaginal Delivery

Cesarean Section

Male infant circumcision

Postpartum Care

Infertility Evaluations

PROCEDURES

Pap tests

HPV Screening

Breast Health Screenings

Bone health Screenings

Minimally Invasive Surgeries

Laparoscopic & Robotic Surgeries

STI Testing

Hysteroscopic Procedures

Essure Sterilization

Endometrial Ablation

Intrauterine Device Insertion

Nexplanon Insertion

Colposcopy