The decision to have a hysterectomy is one that patients and doctors alike always take seriously, but sometimes, it is the best treatment option available. Educating yourself about the procedure and what to expect afterwards can help you feel more in control of your care. Talk to your surgeon at Brandon Regional Hospital about all of your questions and concerns about your upcoming hysterectomy. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the procedure.
What Is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the uterus, and sometimes the fallopian tubes and ovaries as well. There are three different kinds of hysterectomies. During a partial hysterectomy, surgeons remove the upper part of the uterus but leave the cervix. A total hysterectomy involves the removal of the entire uterus plus the cervix. In a radical hysterectomy, the uterus, cervix, tissue on either side of the cervix, and upper portion of the vagina are removed. Hysterectomies can be performed in a number of different ways, including via the abdomen or vagina and with robotic-assisted surgery.
Why Might I Need a Hysterectomy?
Hysterectomies are performed for a number of different reasons, including gynecological cancers, fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse. You may also need one if you suffer from chronic pelvic pain, adenomyosis, or abnormal vaginal bleeding. In most cases, your doctor will try less invasive treatments first and turn to a hysterectomy if those fail.
What Can I Expect After a Hysterectomy?
If you have not yet gone through menopause, you will enter menopause when your ovaries are removed. You may also begin menopause even if your ovaries are left intact after a hysterectomy. Your doctor can help you manage menopause symptoms. The type of procedure you have determines how long your recovery will take, but most patients heal within six weeks and do not experience any prolonged issues.
Is a hysterectomy right for you? Ask your doctor to refer you to the Women’s Center at Brandon Regional Hospital. Trust our Hillsborough County hospital for all of your medical needs, including orthopedics, stroke care, and emergency care. To learn more, please call (888) 327-2636.