Many women with fibroids and adenomyosis are told they must undergo a hysterectomy (the complete removal of the uterus.) In many cases, other treatment options are actually available, so it’s important to research all your treatment options. After all, 44% of Americans don’t know what’s really involved in this procedure. So, if you are seriously considering surgery, here are three important things you need to know about hysterectomies:
- There’s more than one type of hysterectomy. In fact, there are 3 kinds:
Supraservial (only the upper portion of your uterus is removed.)
Total (the entire uterus and cervix are removed.)
Radical (your uterus, its side tissue, cervix, and upper portion of your vagina are removed. This is usually only done for cancer patients.)
- A hysterectomy comes with a serious recovery period. Because hysterectomy is a surgical procedure, you will need to stay in the hospital, likely for at least 24 hours, afterwards. Many women will be unable to drive for at least two weeks following a hysterectomy. And most women will have to refrain from heavy lifting, bending over, sex and exercise for at least six weeks after surgery. For all of these reasons, you need to carefully consider your options before undergoing hysterectomy: there are less invasive options, like myomectomy or uterine fibroid embolization, that can help manage symptoms of certain conditions, like fibroids.
- Hysterectomies come with long term health complications. Not only will a hysterectomy permanently end your chances of becoming pregnant, this surgery comes with other risks. Young women who have hysterectomies are at higher risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease, just to name a few health concerns. It is not a treatment decision to be made lightly, as you will feel the impact of this surgery for years to come.
Now that you are armed with the facts about hysterectomies, it’s time to get educated about alternative treatments. To find out if you are a good candidate for our minimally invasive fibroid treatments, feel free to schedule a consult with our Houston-area specialists.
Sources: hysterectomy.org, hancockregionalhospital.org