A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which a woman's uterus is removed. A woman's ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed at the same time, depending on the reason for the hysterectomy.
When is a Hysterectomy Needed?
A hysterectomy can be used to treat a number of problems or conditions. For example, a hysterectomy can be used to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pai, and adenomyosis. It can remedy uterine prolapse, cancer of the uterus and unusually heavy bleeding. Because of its invasive and non-reversible nature, however, a hysterectomy is typically only done when absolutely necessary. You will need to speak to your doctor about your options to find out if a hysterectomy is the best option or you.
How is a Hysterectomy Performed?
A hysterectomy can be performed several ways. In an abdominal hysterectomy, the doctor will remove the uterus by making an incision in the abdomen. In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the entire surgery is done using only small incisions for a faster healing time. Vaginal hysterectomy is when the only incisions are vaginal.
What Risk Factors are Associated with a Hysterectomy?
Most women who have a hysterectomy suffer no serious complications as a result. Women who do suffer complications are more likely to have vaginal prolapse, chronic pain, fistula formation, urinary incontinence or hemorrhage. You cannot get pregnant after having a hysterectomy