Hysterectomy is the most common surgical procedure among American women after childbirth through cesarean section. You can consider a hysterectomy to treat several medical conditions, including fibroids, painful periods, and prolapse. If you require a hysterectomy, you can count on the expert gynecologists at Contemporary Women’s Care. Dr. Pamela Snook and the team is experienced in providing minimally invasive hysterectomies and open surgeries to remove your uterus and, if necessary, your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and cervix. To learn about your hysterectomy options, call or schedule an appointment online.
What is hysterectomy?
This refers to a surgical procedure to remove your uterus. The method can help treat gynecologic cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or other conditions that cause abnormal pain and heavy bleeding. Depending on your reason to undertake a hysterectomy, your surgeon may also consider removing your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix.
What are the available hysterectomy types?
There are three different types of hysterectomies available. These include:
This involves eliminating the higher part of your uterus, leaving your cervix in place. If need be, the surgeon may also remove your ovaries during a partial hysterectomy.
During a radical hysterectomy, the surgeon removes all of your reproductive organs, including your ovaries, uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and tissues from the upper part of the vagina surrounding the cervix. The experts at Contemporary Women’s Care perform radical hysterectomies to treat cervical cancer. The surgeons use minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques to perform hysterectomies wherever possible. The procedure utilizes a few small incisions for faster recovery and reduced risk of infection.
This is the most prevalent type of hysterectomy. The hysterectomy specialist removes your entire cervix and uterus as well as fallopian tubes and ovaries if necessary.
Does a hysterectomy lead to menopause?
After undergoing your hysterectomy process, you won’t get menstrual periods any longer. If your ovaries are left intact, your body will still produce important hormones to prevent other menopausal symptoms. However, you might begin experiencing the symptoms a few years earlier than the average woman. If your ovaries need to be removed during the hysterectomy, you will start menopausal symptoms straight away. The team at Contemporary Women’s Care will explain the best hysterectomy option depending on your condition.
What should you expect while you recover from hysterectomy?
After the hysterectomy procedure, you will need to spend about two days in the hospital for recovery. However, you may need to spend more time in the hospital if it was the traditional open procedure or you are having cancer treatment. The team at Contemporary Women’s Care will help you stand and move around after your surgery and offer support until you can get out of bed and go to the bathroom by yourself. After you get home, you will still need to relax for some time. Your provider offers personalized instructions on how to reintroduce physical activities and when to resume your daily activities.
In conclusion, if you have any of the conditions that may compel having a hysterectomy, the surgeons at Contemporary Women’s Care will explain and provide the best hysterectomy treatment option for you. For more information, call or schedule an appointment online today.