Though a woman’s uterus is vital to reproduction, it is also vulnerable to a wide range of life-threatening disorders. If you suspect that your uterus, ovaries, or other reproductive organs are in any way compromised, you should explore a wide range of treatment options with your doctor. If your condition is life-threatening, your Brandon Regional Hospital doctor may recommend a hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of your uterus.
There are several types of cancer that affect the reproductive organs, including uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancers. If the cancer can’t be treated with radiation or chemotherapy, your doctor may recommend removing your uterus to prevent the spread of cancer. There are a few different kinds of hysterectomy to consider—if you have a particularly aggressive form of cancer, you may need to have your fallopian tube, ovaries, and other organs removed in addition to your uterus.
There are certain conditions that can cause your reproductive organs to bleed uncontrollably. For example, uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors that can cause heavy bleeding and pelvic discomfort. There are several non-invasive treatments that can address fibroids and other conditions that cause heavy bleeding; if these treatments are unsuccessful, however, a hysterectomy may be the only viable option.
For some women, a hysterectomy is a completely elective procedure. Many women opt for a hysterectomy in order to eliminate the pain caused by endometriosis, fibroids, infections, prolapse, or other conditions affecting the uterus. If you’re considering an elective hysterectomy, you should have a long conversation with your doctor about the risks and benefits of a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy can eliminate your pain, but like all other surgeries, it is an inherently risky procedure.
Call the Brandon Regional Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 327-2636 to learn more about common women’s health issues. Our Hillsborough County medical team can perform hysterectomies and provide high-quality emergency care. We’ve been saving lives throughout the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years.