Hysterectomy Q & A
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure where some, most, or all of the female reproductive organs are removed. It is the most common non-obstetric surgical procedure performed on women. Around 300 of every 100,000 women have a hysterectomy in their lifetime.
A hysterectomy can be one of three different types, depending on the reproductive organs removed:
- Total hysterectomy — the uterus and cervix are removed
- Partial hysterectomy — the uterus is removed
- Radical hysterectomy — the uterus, cervix, upper part of the vagina, and sometimes ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed
Which type of hysterectomy you may need depends on the underlying cause.
What are the reasons for having a hysterectomy?
Dr. Martin may consider a hysterectomy as a possible treatment option for you if conservative treatment has not produced improvement or if removal of your reproductive organs gives the best chance of a positive outcome for your condition.
Some conditions that often require partial, total, or radical hysterectomy are:
- Ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer
- Pelvic pain
- Uncontrolled, abnormal bleeding
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
Dr. Martin explains your situation to you and why a hysterectomy is the best option for treating your specific female condition.
How do you perform a hysterectomy?
There are a few ways that hysterectomies are done. The method of hysterectomy that is the best choice for you depends on the reason you need this procedure, as well as your own health history.
This is the most common method for removing your reproductive organs. This procedure involves an incision in your lower abdomen and requires recovery of four to eight weeks.
In this method, the organs are removed through a small incision in your vagina. A hysterectomy through the vaginal removal method involves a slightly faster recovery period. This recovery time is shorter, around three to four weeks.
Dr. Martin considers your individual condition and health history to determine which method and which type of hysterectomy you may need.
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