Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

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Shortage of Contrast for Imaging Services

Because of a global shortage of iodinated contrast material (Omnipaque) caused by temporary overseas manufacturing disruptions, ChristianaCare is taking steps to preserve supply so that it remains available for the most time-sensitive and urgent patient needs. (Learn more in our frequently asked questions.)

Omnipaque contrast is the most widely used contrast material for CT scans and radiographic examinations at ChristianaCare facilities. It is also used for cardiac imaging and interventions, and in the GI lab, Surgicenter and other settings.

The shortage is expected to last several weeks, and likely into the summer months.

Hospitals and health care organizations worldwide are managing the effects of the shortage and the impact to patient care.

ChristianaCare is making every effort to meet the needs of patients who need this product in their procedures. We are working individually with physicians to prioritize those patients with the most urgent needs.

Wherever possible, we are using alternative contrast material and limiting its use to ensure adequate supplies for time sensitive and emergent exams. It is possible that some elective procedures that use this product will need to be delayed.

ChristianaCare will continue to look for options to minimize disruptions created by the shortage, as we serve our community as expert, caring partners in health.

Learn more in our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

COVID-19: New Visitation Guidelines. Click here for what to expect at ChristianaCare during COVID-19.

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Hysterectomy

What happens during and after a hysterectomy?
There are different ways to perform this common surgery

A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove all or part of the uterus, the muscular organ that bleeds when women have their periods. It is the second most common procedure in the United States for women of reproductive age.

There are different reasons why your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy, and there are also different approaches. There might also be alternatives.

The health care providers at ChristianaCare’s Center for Advanced Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery can help you arrive at the best choice for your body and medical concern.

Why would I need a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy treats many conditions, but your doctor may suggest other options if you have not yet tried medications or other interventions. There are instances, such as when cancer is present, when a hysterectomy might be the best treatment.

Conditions treated by a hysterectomy include:

  • Uterine fibroids. While most fibroids are benign, they can cause heavy bleeding and pain.
  • Endometriosis. When the tissue that lines the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of it, you can experience severe pain.
  • Adenomyosis. If the uterine lining grows inside the wall of the uterus, the wall can become thick, which can lead to bleeding and pain.
  • Uterine prolapse. When the uterus protrudes into the vagina, you might feel pressure or pain.
  • Cancer or pre-cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix or the lining of the uterus.

Note that the removal of the uterus might not cure all symptoms, which is why it’s critical to discuss all available options. Women who want to have a pregnancy in the future are not candidates for hysterectomy.

What are the different types of hysterectomies?

  • A total hysterectomy. The surgeon will completely remove the uterus, including the cervix.
  • A partial hysterectomy. Known as a subtotal, partial or supracervical, this type of hysterectomy involves the removal of the upper part of the uterus. The cervix remains.
  • A radical hysterectomy. The uterus, cervix, the tissue on both sides of the cervix and the upper part of the vagina are removed.

In each of these surgeries, the ovaries and the fallopian tubes may also be removed, depending on whether they present a potential problem. Removal of these organs is not included in a standard hysterectomy; your doctor will talk about this option separately.

How is a hysterectomy performed?

There are several approaches, including:

  • Abdominal hysterectomy. In certain circumstances—such as scar tissue from a previous surgery or the presence of a significantly sized growth—an incision is made to the lower abdomen to access the uterus. This surgery often has a longer recovery time, and there can be more risks of complications. If at all possible, your doctor will prefer to take a minimally invasive approach.
  • Vaginal hysterectomy. The surgeon goes through a small cut in the vagina for a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy. Small incisions are made to the abdomen through which the surgeon inserts instruments and a camera. The uterus is removed through these cuts or the opening at the top of the vagina.
  • Robotic hysterectomy. The surgeon uses a computer to operate robotic arms and a camera to perform the surgery through small cuts in your lower abdomen that are similar to those made for a laparoscopic hysterectomy.

How long will it take to recover?

The recovery time will depend on the type of surgery. It may take from three to six weeks to fully recover. Your health care provider can share what to expect right after the surgery and discuss any changes in your body that you might experience after your uterus is removed.

For more information about hysterectomies, visit:
Learning About Your Hysterectomy: Video Series
Center for Advanced Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Office on Women’s Health: Hysterectomy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists