Hysterectomy is a surgical method in which the uterus of a woman is removed. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed.
The uterus, also referred to as the womb, is where a baby grows inside their mother.
Once a woman has had a hysterectomy, she will no longer menstruate and cannot become pregnant.
Your doctor may suggest you undergo a hysterectomy if you have the following conditions
Types of Hysterectomies include Partial, Total or Radical Hysterectomy.
Salpingo-oophorectomy may be performed along with hysterectomy in cases of cancer or infection. It is a procedure in which the fallopian tube and ovary on one side of the uterus are removed.
Bilateral oophorectomy is where the fallopian tubes and ovaries on both sides of the uterus are removed. This results in menopause right away from the sudden drop in hormone levels.
There are various ways to perform hysterectomy:
Your recovery depends on the type of surgery performed and the progress of your healing. You will be prescribed pain medications to keep you comfortable and antibiotics to prevent infection.
You will be instructed to get adequate rest and avoid heavy lifting after your surgery. You can continue normal activities once the pain, bleeding, and abdominal pressure have resolved. Sexual activity can be resumed after about six weeks following surgery. Exercises should be avoided until 3 weeks after surgery.
Recovery and return to activities of daily living is earlier in cases of women who have undergone vaginal hysterectomy when compared to women who have undergone abdominal hysterectomy. Generally it takes around 4-6 weeks for complete healing from an abdominal hysterectomy and about 3-4 weeks recovery from vaginal hysterectomy.
Most women recover without any complications from the surgery. However, Risks and Complications associated with Hysterectomy surgery can include the following:
Call your doctor if you experience any of the following signs:
Hysterectomy is a common gynecological procedure involving the removal of the uterus. Once a hysterectomy has been performed, the woman will no longer menstruate or be able to become pregnant. If the ovaries are also removed, menopause will occur. Discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor.
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