Considering a Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. While it may seem like an extreme solution, it is used for the treatment of a variety of conditions including severe endometriosis, endometrial fibroids, heavy bleeding, and chronic pelvic pain. You can imagine the extreme discomfort that these conditions cause and otherwise, a hysterectomy is merited by more serious conditions like some cancers such as uterine or ovarian. Women often find themselves embarrassed to discuss the need for a hysterectomy. This is a very personal thing and talking about it can be uncomfortable. Not your typical topic of conversation at a gathering right? Well then how are women supposed to get all the information they need to make the right decision?
A hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgery in the U.S. which means physicians have sufficient practice in the surgical techniques, making it a smooth experience. Because of this, there is an abundance of resources out there and you can always consult with your gynecologist. What you may not know is that a hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Ghozland performs what’s called a laparoscopic hysterectomy, done with a single incision leaving you virtually scarless. The best part is that there is little to no down time so you can get back to your usual activities shortly after surgery. It also decreases risk of complications and the pain involved in healing.
It is important to make sure your doctor has enough experience before signing up for a hysterectomy. There are alternatives to try out before hand. Perhaps after you’ve tried hormonal therapy, a hysterectomy can be the best option. There are also different types of hysterectomies. A total hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and cervix. If the uterus is removed but the cervix remains, this is called a subtotal hysterectomy. Another variation is the removal of the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. In this instance, it is referred to as a bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy hysterectomy. Due to the complexity of the options and reasons to determine the importance of getting a hysterectomy, you got to do your own research and talk to your trusted physician.