Advanced Care for Women

Gynecology & Urogynecology located in Sanford, NC

Board-certified OB/GYN Paul Heimbecker, MD, FACOG, is highly trained in minimally invasive surgery and advanced laparoscopy. He offers in-office hysterectomy consultations at Advanced Care for Women and performs surgeries at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, North Carolina. The majority of Dr. Heimbecker’s patients can go home the same day as surgery. To schedule your hysterectomy consultation, call or book an appointment online.

Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus. After a hysterectomy, you no longer get menstrual periods and are unable to get pregnant. Removing ovaries and fallopian tubes can also be performed at the time of a hysterectomy.

There are several ways to perform a hysterectomy. Dr. Heimbecker strives to improve your outcome by performing minimally invasive hysterectomies whenever possible.

What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?

Minimally invasive hysterectomy surgery uses advanced technology to reduce tissue damage, scarring, and recovery time. Dr. Heimbecker performs a variety of minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures, including:

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

Using a thin, flexible instrument called a laparoscope, Dr. Heimbecker removes the uterus through tiny incisions, about the size of a buttonhole.

The laparoscope has a camera and light at the end, so Dr. Heimbecker can view the inside of your body on a monitor while he works with miniature surgical tools.

Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy

In this procedure, Dr. Heimbecker uses a laparoscope to remove the upper part of the uterus while leaving the cervix intact. Most hysterectomy procedures remove the cervix as well.

Vaginal hysterectomy

In most cases, Dr Heimbecker will remove your uterus through a small incision at the top of the vagina leaving no visible scars.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a common procedure among women in the United States. Dr. Heimbecker performs hysterectomies when conservative treatments fail to improve gynecologic conditions, such as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding


Dr. Heimbecker examines every possible treatment for your condition before recommending a hysterectomy. In some cases, removing the uterus is the only way to relieve symptoms.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

The tiny instruments Dr. Heimbecker uses to perform minimally invasive surgery provide numerous benefits over traditional, open hysterectomies. Advantages of minimally invasive hysterectomies include:

  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Decreased risk of infection


Additionally, the recovery time and hospital stay associated with minimally invasive procedures are much shorter than open surgery. Most of Dr. Heimbecker’s patients can go home the same day as surgery.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for a minimally invasive hysterectomy, call Advanced Care for Women or book an appointment online today.