What to Know About a Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the cervix and entire uterus. After the surgery, you will no longer menstruate and will be unable to become pregnant. Because of this, a hysterectomy is only an option if other treatments have been unsuccessful. In some cases, you will only need a partial hysterectomy. In this case, the entire uterus is removed, but the cervix is left intact. The team at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, MD can provide you with everything you need to know about a hysterectomy.
When is a Hysterectomy Recommended?
Women may need a hysterectomy to resolve cases of:
- Unusual or heavy vaginal bleeding
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
- Cervical or uterine cancer
Hysterectomy: The Procedure
Often a hysterectomy can be performed using a minimally invasive procedure such as robotic surgery or laparoscopy. In some cases, depending on the size of the uterus, open surgery may be needed.
Your recovery time will depend on the type of surgery. If you have a minimally invasive procedure, you can usually return home on the same day and resume your normal daily activities within two weeks. If you have open surgery, you will usually stay in the hospital for 2-3 days and your recovery can take between 4-6 weeks. In either case, you should refrain from sexual intercourse until you are cleared by your physician.
Will a Hysterectomy Affect my Menopause?
If you retain your ovaries, you will not experience menopause. However, if you are already in the stages of perimenopause when you have your hysterectomy, this could speed up the onset of your menopause by up to twelve months.
If you live in or around Rockville, MD and you would like to find out more about having a hysterectomy, contact Capital Women’s Care on (301) 569-6301 to schedule a consultation.