• Understanding Hysterectomies

    by Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
    on Aug 31st, 2016

A hysterectomy could be required for a number of reasons, including:

A hysterectomy for problems other than cancer is usually performed only if other treatments have been ineffective.

Types of Hysterectomies

There are 3 basic types of hysterectomies:
Surgical Options

There are two ways of performing the operation – The more common open surgery which is the traditional method and the minimally invasive procedure (MIP).

In the case of open surgery, a 5- to 7-inch long incision is made across the belly through which the organs are removed. The patient typically spends 3 days in the hospital after the procedure and a visible scar will remain.

In the case of an MIP hysterectomy, a number of approaches are available:

Your doctor will tell you about the way each is done and why a particular option may be chosen.

In general, the MIP approach results in a faster recovery, a shorter hospital stay, a lower chance of infection and less pain and scarring as compared to open surgery. Typically after a minimally invasive procedure, a woman can return to normal activities after 3 or 4 weeks. While after an open surgery the time to return to normal activities, could be 4 to 6 weeks. Not all women are good candidates for the MIP approach. Your doctor will decide which is right for you.

Life after a Hysterectomy

If the ovaries are removed along with the uterus, menopause will begin. If the ovaries are left in place, menopause will occur naturally. Sex is to be avoided for 6 weeks after the surgery. In almost all cases patients report that the procedure was successful in curing the problems they were facing such as heavy periods or extreme pain.

A hysterectomy, although it is a major procedure, is not something that you should dread. It is today a common and safe operation. Your gynecologist will be able to tell you, after studying your medical history and examining you, if you need one, or if an alternative treatment is better. She will walk you through the procedure, the recovery and answer all your questions. As with all surgery, the more confidence and trusts you have in your doctor, the easier everything is.
Author Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy

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