Hysterectomy: Why You Might Need One
posted by OB/GYN | August 16, 2018
Hysterectomy is generally a last resort for noncancerous cases, and your doctor may explore more conservative treatment options before recommending it. However, hysterectomy might be necessary for certain conditions.
There are several conditions that might require a hysterectomy:
There are three general types of hysterectomy, depending on which parts of the uterus and reproductive system are removed:
There are two general techniques a surgeon will use to perform a hysterectomy, depending on factors ranging from health of the patient and her condition to the surgeon’s own level of experience and preference. The two techniques are as follows:
Recovery and Aftermath
In cases where the ovaries were removed, hysterectomy will trigger menopause. In cases where the ovaries remain intact, women will usually enter menopause at an earlier age than they normally would have. Recovery includes abstaining from sex and lifting heavy objects for about six weeks.
There are a few risks that come with hysterectomy—though rare—and most women find a very high success rate with no complications. Risks include:
If you’re experiencing pain or complications in your reproductive organs, speak to your OB/GYN provider. If hysterectomy is necessary to treat your condition, they can guide you through every step.
“Abdominal hysterectomy.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/abdominal-hysterectomy/home/ovc-20178788
“Hysterectomy.” WebMD. http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/hysterectomy#1
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.