WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HYSTERECTOMY
An abdominal hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes your uterus surgical operation on your lower abdomen. The uterus — or womb — is where a baby grows.
Sometimes a hysterectomy includes removal of one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes,
this procedure can also be performed through a cut in the vagina or robotic surgical approach which uses long, thin instruments passed through small abdominal incisions.
A woman may have a hysterectomy for different reasons, including:
If you have gynecologic cancer — such as cancer of the uterus or cervix — a surgical removal may be your best treatment option.
benign uterine tumors that often cause persistent bleeding, anemia, pelvic pain or bladder pressure. Nonsurgical treatments of fibroids are a possibility,
In endometriosis, the tissue lining the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other pelvic or abdominal organs.
Uterine prolapse can lead to urinary incontinence, pelvic pressure or difficulty with bowel movements as a result of weakened tissues. A removal procedure may be necessary to treat these conditions.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
If your periods are heavy, irregular or prolonged each cycle, a hysterectomy may bring relief when the bleeding can’t be controlled by other methods.
Chronic pelvic pain.
Occasionally, surgery is a necessary last resort for women who experience chronic pelvic pain that clearly arises in the uterus.
risks associated with an abdominal hysterectomy include:
- Blood clots
- Excessive bleeding
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Damage to your urinary tract, bladder, rectum or other pelvic structures during surgery, which may require further surgical repair
- Earlier onset of menopause even if the ovaries aren’t removed
- Rarely, death
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