What is a Hysterectomy?
By Capital Women's Care
June 21, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Hysterectomy  

HysterectomyA hysterectomy is a gynecological procedure that entails the removal of a patient's uterus. Often a lifesaving procedure, there are many reasons why women choose to undergo a hysterectomy at our Rockville, MD, office—read on to learn about them.

About Hysterectomies

Some of the reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy include,

  • Uterine fibroids that cause bleeding and pain
  • Cancer of the ovaries, uterus or cervix
  • Severe endometriosis
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Thickening of the uterine lining

Most of the time a hysterectomy is performed to treat certain forms of cancer; however, sometimes a woman will need to undergo a hysterectomy for noncancerous conditions if other treatment options were unsuccessful. Since a hysterectomy is considered a major surgery, our Rockville OBGYN will provide you with other treatment options based on the specific condition or symptoms you are dealing with before considering a hysterectomy. These treatment options include,

  • Medication
  • Kegel exercises
  • Vaginal pessary (to treat uterine prolapse)
  • Treatments to shrink fibroids
  • Uterine fibroid removal
  • Endometrial ablation to treat persistent vaginal bleeding
  • Laparoscopic surgery to treat endometriosis

What are the different kinds of hysterectomies?

There are three different kinds of hysterectomies: total, partial and radical. As you may be able to assume from the names alone, a total hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus and the cervix. Sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes will also be removed. During a partial hysterectomy, only the uterus is removed. A radical hysterectomy will remove not just the uterus and cervix, but also the tissue from the cervix and certain areas of the vagina (this type of hysterectomy is usually performed to treat women who have cervical cancer).

Concerned about your health? Give us a call!

If you are dealing with abnormal vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, or other symptoms, it’s important that you have a trusted OBGYN that you can turn to for answers. To make your health a priority, call Capital Women’s Care today at (301) 569-6301 to schedule an appointment at our Rockville office.

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