What Is a Hysterectomy?

hysterectomy A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. Complete removal of the uterus and the surrounding structures, such as the ovaries, is termed a complete hysterectomy. However, the removal of solely the uterus is a partial hysterectomy.

Although a hysterectomy is more likely in older women, young women in their 20s and 30s do sometimes elect to get the procedure. An average of 500,000 women undergo the procedure annually in the United States.

Hysterectomy Procedure

There are two common ways to perform a hysterectomy. In most cases, the uterus is removed directly through the vagina. Sometimes, it is necessary to use one of the two kinds of abdominal incisions instead.

Benefits of a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a possible treatment choice for women who suffer from severe endometriosis. It eliminates tissue affected by uterine fibroids as well as pain, and other symptoms associated with the disorder. It also substantially reduces the risk of gynecological cancer.

A hysterectomy will stop the monthly menstrual period and eliminate the possibility of becoming pregnant in the future. Some women who have pain and other symptoms associated with the menstrual period may experience a substantial improvement in quality of life as a result.

It’s important to remember that, although a hysterectomy affects the entire reproductive and hormonal system, it does not affect your ability to get or pass on sexually transmitted diseases. It is still important to practice safe sex, although you will cease any birth control you may use.

Why Would You Need a Hysterectomy?

Conditions resolved or mitigated by a hysterectomy include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Pelvic Support Problems
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Uterine & Ovarian Cancer
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

Conservative treatment should be tried before a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is considered a treatment of last resort when other approaches do not resolve or manage a chronic condition affecting the uterus.

Our providers will try conservative approaches before performing a hysterectomy. For the help you need from caring, compassionate experts, contact Huey & Weprin Ob/Gyn.

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