Hysterectomies

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus. A hysterectomy is recommended for various women’s health conditions; however, after a woman has a hysterectomy, she will no longer be able to become pregnant.

Why is a Hysterectomy Performed?

A hysterectomy can be performed through the vagina, through the abdomen, or through laparoscopy. Your doctor will determine what method is right for your condition. Depending on your surgery, your doctor may choose to go a different route after he or she determines other conditions or problems are present.

 

A hysterectomy is performed for a range of health conditions, including:

  • Uterine fibroids, or growths on the uterine walls 
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse, or other pelvic support conditions
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uterine, ovarian, cervical cancer to reasons

Different Types of Hysterectomies

There are various types of hysterectomies, including:

  • A total hysterectomy – Removes the uterus, cervix, ovaries and tubes
  • Partial (supracervical) hysterectomy – Removes the uterus and cervix, take out supracervical
  • Transabdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) – Done using and incision on the abdomen
  • Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH) – Is a vaginal hysterectomy with the aid of laparoscopy
  • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) – The uterus is removed using only the laparoscope

The fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed during a hysterectomy if they are abnormal or a woman is at risk of developing ovarian cancer. Your doctor will discuss your options and goals at the time of your surgery.

Is a Hysterectomy Right For You?

Some women choose to complete their families before choosing to receive a hysterectomy. However, depending on your unique condition, this may not be an option. It’s important to talk with your OB-GYN about different options you may be able to try before moving forward with a hysterectomy.

Are Hysterectomies Safe?

Hysterectomies are considered one of the safest surgical procedures, but with any surgery, complications can occur. Fever and infection can occur, as well as injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs. Some complications may appear a few days or weeks after surgery.

After Your Surgery

You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days after your surgery, depending on the hysterectomy you received and how it was performed. Medication will be administered for pain following your surgery.

 

Vaginal bleeding and discharge is expected for a few weeks following your hysterectomy. Move around as often as you can but do not lift heavy objects.

 

Your doctor will walk you through your after-surgery care and what you can expect during recovery. After your surgery, you should continue to visit with your healthcare professional for routine gynecological exams and general health care.

Hysterectomy Help with Sylacauga OB-GYN

Sylacauga OB-GYN provides effective healthcare across the entire women’s health spectrum – from childbirth to menopause and beyond. We are confident we can provide you the confidence to decide if a hysterectomy is right for you.

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