Any woman who’s ever faced the need for hysterectomy knows the feelings of fear and uncertainty that accompany such a choice. It’s a lot to consider. Will there be scarring? Will this affect my sex life? Will I need to take out a second mortgage on my house to pay for the procedure?
In the past, the abdominal hysterectomy meant six weeks of recovery time, a six- to eight-inch abdominal incision, and significant pain, inconvenience, and blood loss.
Though robotic and laparoscopic procedures have been successful in reducing scarring and recovery times, the technology still requires multiple penetrating abdominal incisions and is often cost prohibitive—not to mention that laparoscopic alternatives do not address vaginal laxity resulting from childbirth.
The traditional vaginal hysterectomy remains, in most cases, a better alternative and can be done as an outpatient procedure with little recovery time and extremely favorable results. Chris Kuhne, MD, Plano OB-GYN, is simplifying the lives of his patients in the DFW area by returning to the vaginal hysterectomy procedure.
“The truth is,” said Dr. Kuhne, “a vaginal hysterectomy can be performed as day surgery with no abdominal scars and little recovery time. We can narrow the vagina to pre-childbirth condition with absolutely no abdominal incision and minimal blood loss.
“We can also repair urinary incontinence resulting from vaginal birth using no mesh, tape, or other foreign objects,” he said. Dr. Kuhne is unique in the DFW area, as very few OB-GYNs are trained to perform the vaginal hysterectomy. This noninvasive surgical technique is not new, at least not to Dr. Kuhne. He has performed virtually all hysterectomies vaginally for more than 25 years.
The vaginal hysterectomy is widely accepted as the standard of care by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and many medical societies as well as most insurance plans. Insurance companies, in fact, are beginning to demand this technique because it is safe, cost-effective, and less invasive than even robotic and laparoscopic procedures.
“For years, I dealt with polycystic ovaries, cysts that would rupture, and just ongoing pelvic pain with my menstrual cycle,” said Jennifer W. of Plano. “Dr. Kuhne recommended the vaginal hysterectomy and I am just ecstatic with the results! I feel great! I don’t have pain every month anymore and believe it or not, I feel even more youthful than before.”
Chronic pelvic pain and uncontrolled menstrual cycles are symptoms that often lead women to schedule appointments with Dr. Kuhne. Gloria U. from McKinney was one such patient who sought his help. “For years, I hadn’t felt right internally,” she said. “I had pain during intercourse and a general ongoing discomfort. But when I had a period that wouldn’t end, Dr. Kuhne discovered I had fibroid cysts that were all pushing on each other and causing pain and bleeding. He recommended a vaginal hysterectomy and I am so glad I listened to him. I feel better than ever and the tightness of my vagina is even better than before I gave birth to my children!”
If you’ve been suffering from fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, or uterine prolapse or you’ve been diagnosed with gynecologic cancer and you’re a candidate for hysterectomy, call Dr. Kuhne’s office at (214) 705-7425 to find out about the vaginal hysterectomy option and see if it’s right for you.
Dr. Chris Kuhne has provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care to women in the DFW area for more than two decades. His patients trust him with their OB-GYN issues from contraception, infertility, and childbirth all the way through to menopause and all that it entails.
His friendly, compassionate, and professional staff is welcoming and sensitive to the many issues women face every day, and Dr. Kuhne’s caring, sensible approach to women’s health endears him to his patients and keeps them coming back year after year.
As a second generation OB-GYN, Dr. Kuhne takes his legacy in the Dallas, Plano, Richardson, and Frisco area seriously. He considers the wellbeing of his patients first and foremost and recommends treatments that fit the condition and make sense for each individual patient.
He is rigorous with his research and continues to study the latest surgical and medical techniques available in women’s health today—and his patients reap the benefits. When a majority of doctors, for example, abandoned the traditional vaginal hysterectomy for the new, laparoscopic/robotic procedure, Dr. Kuhne stayed the course in favor of the safer, less invasive procedure with minimal blood loss and quicker recovery. He understood that women wanted to avoid abdominal scarring if at all possible, and he knew that the benefits of the vaginal procedure far outweighed the robotic procedure in most cases.
His patients seem to agree. “I had both 9.5- and 10-pound babies over 30 years ago. As time passed, my body was changing as a result of carrying such large babies. Internally, I had some real struggles, and it was embarrassing to say the least,” said Cyndi M. of Colleyville. “I did have the (vaginal hysterectomy) surgery. I am ecstatically pleased with my results and feel like a younger, dare I say a ‘tighter’ and more uplifted version of me now.”
For more information on Dr. Kuhne or to learn more about the vaginal hysterectomy procedure or surgical vaginal repair, call Dr. Kuhne’s office today at (214) 705-7425.
Dr. Kuhne’s Services:
- Female Sexual Dysfunction
- Menopause/Hormone Therapy
- Surgical Vaginal Repair
- Urinary Stress Incontinence
- Weight Loss
- Women’s Health
R. Chris Kuhne, MD
The Medical Center of Plano
Centennial Medical Center Frisco
Text: Candace Hutto
Photo: Kayla Purnell