A hysterectomy means to remove the uterus. This surgery is one of the most common woman’s surgical procedures in the United States. Once the uterus has been removed the patient is unable to become pregnant.
Indications for Hysterectomy
There are many reasons why a woman might be offered a hysterectomy and they include:
Alternatives to Hysterectomy
A woman should explore her options (if she chooses to do so) prior to getting a hysterectomy. Sometimes medications, devices and less invasive surgical procedures are options. Please realize that not all gynecologists understand or know all the options. Also, many gynecologists are not trained to offer or perform other surgical options. A second and third opinion is encouraged for all patients.
Examples of alternatives include:
Types of Hysterectomies
There are more than a half million hysterectomies performed in the US every year. There is the potential for many different types of complications and the incidence of complications does vary with the technique utilized, the surgeon’s ability, the indication for the hysterectomy, the number of previous surgeries and associated pathology as well as the size and weight of the patient.
The most common complications are categorized as: infectious, venous thromboembolism (blood clots), injury to genitourinary (GU) or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, hemorrhage (bleeding), nerve injury and vaginal cuff breakdown.
Hysterectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures performed on women in the US every year. This procedure is not without complications and the surgeon who is recommending the surgery will have his or her own preference as to the technique utilized to remove the uterus. Be sure to consider less invasive techniques to treat your underlying condition but if you proceed with a hysterectomy be informed as to the approach and your surgeons skill level and rate of complications.