Hysterectomy is the surgery that the Gynecologist uses to remove a woman's uterus. The uterus or womb is the woman's organ where the baby grows during pregnancy. With the hysterectomy procedure, the woman will not be able to become pregnant again and menstrual periods will stop.
Sometimes the Gynecologist can remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes. When both are removed, the woman enters menopause.
The Gynecologist will review your medical history, ask questions related to your symptoms, lifestyle, medical history, and if you are taking any medications.
The Gynecologist, through some tests, will make sure that you can undergo a hysterectomy. Ask him about the possible changes you might notice after surgery.
The Gynecologist will numb the area and if necessary, will use general anesthesia so that the patient does not feel pain. In the surgery, the entire uterus or part could be expelled; the Gynecologist will evaluate if it is necessary to remove the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Hysterectomy can be done in different ways. Following are the most common Hysterectomy methods:
Vaginal Hysterectomy; through a surgical incision in the vagina, with or without the use of a laparoscope
Abdominal Hysterectomy; through a surgical incision in the abdomen
Abdominal Laparoscopic Hysterectomy; through three or four surgical incisions in the belly with the use of a laparoscope. This may result in a faster recovery
The Gynecologist will tell you which is the best option according to your medical history.
After the Hysterectomy you will be taken to the recovery room, and the Gynecologist will be able to control and review your symptoms.
As soon as you can stand, you will be asked to walk a bit to speed your recovery and prevent blood clots from forming.
It's possible that you need to stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days. You may experience pain and discomfort after surgery so that you may be prescribed pain relievers.
Following the instructions of your Gynecologist you may have a speedy recovery.
¿Why do I need a Hysterectomy?
Gynecologists generally recommend a Hysterectomy in the following cases:
Chronic pelvic pain
Uterine fibroids (growths in the uterus)
Go to the Gynecologist in case of presenting any of the symptoms mentioned above or in case of detecting another abnormal sign.
When consulting your Gynecologist, try to keep a record of your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.
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