A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus. In some cases, you might also opt to remove your ovaries during the surgery.
There are numerous different health reasons why a hysterectomy might be necessary, and there are a variety of surgical approaches, including:
As the least complicated type of hysterectomy, this procedure involves removing the uterus through the vaginal canal. This is the recommended method for most women if they are candidates for it. Sometimes it is performed partly laparoscopically and the remainder vaginally.
In this procedure, your physician makes an incision in your lower abdomen and removes your uterus. Very large uteruses, those suspicious for cancer, or those women with a lot of scar tissue in their abdomen may require this approach.
Through small incisions in your abdomen, your physician inserts a laparoscope, or tiny camera, into the pelvic region. Then, using surgical instruments, she removes the uterus in pieces through your vaginal canal or the abdominal incisions.
There are a number of different health reasons why a hysterectomy might be needed, including:
As a major surgery, you can expect to experience pain and swelling during the first few days after the procedure. You’ll most likely have tenderness, bleeding, and discharge for several weeks, and you might have temporary issues with bladder control or constipation.
Many women also experience an emotional reaction to having a hysterectomy, as it marks the end of your ability to conceive. Some women also worry that it will adversely affect their sexual function, which is usually NOT actually an issue. It is important to give yourself plenty of time to rest and recuperate, both physically and emotionally.
If you’re considering this type of surgery, the team at Capital Women’s Care can help you navigate the process easily.
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