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In-Depth Overview of Hysterectomy Surgery


Updated June 09, 2014

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Hysterectomy: Is It Necessary?
In-Depth Overview of Hysterectomy Surgery

Uterine Fibroids

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A hysterectomy is typically necessary when all other options including medication, therapies and even other surgeries have not been successful and the patient’s life is at risk or her quality of life is being harmed. Such as:

Fibroids These tumors are not cancerous, but can cause pain, bleeding, cramping and general discomfort.

Endometriosis This is a condition where the tissue that lines the uterus begins to spread to areas outside of the uterus, causing pain, cramping, miscarriage, infertility and chronic bleeding.

Cancer Cancer of the uterus or other areas of the female reproductive system may require a hysterectomy as part of treatment.

Chronic bleeding Chronic bleeding can result from many different conditions that affect the uterus. Symptoms caused by chronic bleeding include anemia, weakness and chronic fatigue along with the worry and decrease in quality of life.

Chronic pain Unexplained chronic pelvic pain is often the reason for a hysterectomy, especially when pain moves from “annoying” to “excruciating.” When the source of the pain cannot be isolated or is difficult to treat, many women opt for surgery to put an end to the pain.

Uterine prolapse When the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus are unable to hold it in position, usually after having multiple vaginal births, it may begin to slip into the vaginal canal. In severe cases, the uterus may begin to protrude out of the vaginal opening, a significant source of discomfort and potential infection. In early cases a pessary, a device to help hold the uterus in place, can be inserted surgically.

Hemorrhage Uncontrollable uterine bleeding is a rare complication of a c-section that is life threatening. An emergency hysterectomy may be the only way to save the life of the patient.

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