Hysterectomies are one of the most prevalent surgeries done among women. A hysterectomy is a procedure that removes a woman’s uterus and other reproductive organs (if necessary), either through traditional surgical methods, laparoscopically or robotically.
Depending on the type of hysterectomy and method used, the procedure can take between 1-2 hours and recovery time can be anywhere from 2-6 weeks.
Why would you need to have a hysterectomy?
Here are four of the most common signs:
1. Pelvic pain
If you’re suffering from severe and/or chronic pelvic pain, you may consider getting a hysterectomy. There can be a variety of reasons for pelvic pain including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), fibroids, endometriosis, or some other unexplained reason.
2. Heavy bleeding
If you have unusually heavy cycles or some other cause for uterine bleeding, a hysterectomy may be an option. Some women suffer from periods that are so heavy that it strongly affects their daily activities. If medication or some other treatment doesn’t work, you may consider a hysterectomy if you’re done having children.
3. Uterine prolapse
A prolapsed uterus is one that has dropped down so that it is either protruding from your cervix or feels that way. Uterine prolapse usually happens when muscles and ligaments weaken during pregnancy, and they’re unable to hold the uterus in its rightful place afterward. If other methods fail (i.e. physical therapy), a hysterectomy would be a good consideration.
4. Uterine tumors (cancerous or non-cancerous)
The final and most unwanted reason to have a hysterectomy is if tumors (especially those that are cancerous) are found in the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes. The only way to have the best chance of removing all the cancer is to do a hysterectomy.
If you are experiencing any of these issues or have questions about having a hysterectomy, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your OB/GYN.
The gynecologists at All About Women specialize in hysterectomy procedures, particularly the daVinci robotic method. This method is the least invasive and gets you back to normal faster. Call our Gainesville or Lake City, Florida offices today to talk more about what’s best for you.