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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.
A 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.
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,
- 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.
Your doctor At Capital Women's Care says you need a hysterectomy because of your exceptionally heavy bleeding. Other treatments, such as endometrial ablation (to remove overgrowth of the lining of the uterus), have not worked. So surgery is your best option. Learn how your board-certified gynecologists, Dr. Eric Ashkin, Dr. Aliya Poshni, Dr. Leslie Masiky and Dr. Adam Footer perform these procedures safely and successfully and the reasons for these tried and true surgeries.
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure which removes all of some of a women's reproductive organs, including her uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix. You and your physician will discuss in depth exactly what your surgery will involve and what follow-up care you will need.
Traditionally, this common surgery involved a large abdominal incision and lengthy hospital stay. Today, many (but not all) hysterectomies are same-day or next day surgeries involving no hospital stays or ones of short duration.
That's because hysterectomies may be performed laparoscopically with tiny instruments via very small incisions. Capital Women's Care offers innovative daVinci robotic surgeries. Your surgeon uses this amazing instrument to inspect and operate on pelvic organs with outstanding precision, minimal blood loss and tiny incisions. Additionally, some hysterectomies involve no abdominal incisions at all because the surgeon uses a transvaginal technique.
Reasons for hysterectomy
There are many, and one of the most common is uterine fibroids, reports the Illinois Department of Health. Fibroids are noncancerous growths involving the endometrium, or lining of the uterus. They cause pain and very heavy periods.
Another reason for a hysterectomy is cancer involving the uterus, ovaries or cervix.
Finally, your doctor may advise removing your uterus because of a condition known as prolapse. Common in post-menopausal women who have reduced estrogen levels, a prolapsed uterus actually moves from its normal position within the abdomen into the vagina. Resulting symptoms may include:
- Painful intercourse
- Difficulty with bowel movements
- Bladder infections
- Back pain
Your doctor will discuss both your pre-operative preparation, particulars of your surgery (including anesthesia) and what to expect during your recovery. Your questions and concern are valuable. So be sure to bring them up during your appointment.
If you have an upcoming hysterectomy, count on the expertise and compassionate that are hallmarks of Capital Women's Care. Call today for your consultation (301) 569-6301.
Eric Ashkin, MD Shares Information on Hysterectomies
A Hysterectomy Explained
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Abnormal uterine bleeding