Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It may also involve removal of the cervix, ovaries, fallopian tubes and other surrounding structures. Usually performed by a gynecologist, hysterectomy may be total or partial. It is the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedure.
Sometime patients have some questions and myths in their mind so we tries to answer some of them below.
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Abdominal hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy
Hysterectomy is one of the safest surgical procedures. But as with any surgery, problems can occur:
- Bleeding during or after surgery
- Injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a risk with any surgery
- Problems related to anaesthesia
- Bowel blockage from scarring of the intestines
- Formation of a blood clot in the wound
After hysterectomy, your periods will stop. If the ovaries are left in place and you have not yet gone through menopause, they will still produce estrogen, a hormone that affects the body in many ways. Depending on your age, if your ovaries are removed during hysterectomy, you will have signs and symptoms caused by a lack of estrogen, which include hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and sleep problems.