A hysterectomy is a procedure where the uterus gets removed (the uterus is where a baby grows during the surgery). Once you have undergone this surgery, you will not be able to get pregnant or are no longer able to menstruate. Fibroids, cancer, abnormal bleeding, and uterine prolapse. You will be able to recover within 4 to 6 weeks.
Types of Hysterectomy
You can’t decide which type of hysterectomy surgery you want to do as it depends on your condition and your doctor will decide which type of surgery you need. Your condition will help your doctor in determining if your ovaries and fallopian tubes need to be removed or not. Following are the types of hysterectomy:
Supracervical hysterectomy – in this type of hysterectomy, just the upper part of your uterus will be removed leaving the cervix.
Total hysterectomy including bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – in this kind of surgery the cervix, uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes need to be removed, and if you haven’t ever experienced menopause (which is the time that marks the end of your menstrual cycles). The removal of ovaries will start symptoms of menopause.
Total hysterectomy – in this procedure, the uterus and cervix will be removed but leaves the ovaries.
Radical hysterectomy including bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – this type of hysterectomy will be required if you have cancer. During this surgery or procedure, your uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, the upper portion of the vagina, and some near lymph nodes and tissue will be removed.
Benefits of Hysterectomy
All the above-mentioned types of hysterectomy help in solving or preventing issues. The process of removing organs in any kind of hysterectomy has some benefits which are the following:
- 1. Restoring pain-free sex
- 2. Preventing risk or chances of cancer
- 3. Improving the quality of life
- 4. Chronic pain relief
- 5. Stopping heavy or abnormal bleeding
- 6. Removing the cancerous tissues
Once you have undergone the treatment or surgery, you will be having relief from pain and distressful movement symptoms. You can get this surgery done at Glamyo Health where your well-being is our top priority. We understand your fear and concerns so you don’t need to hesitate to ask any questions regarding hysterectomy. We will be in connect with you before and after the surgery, because we want to get involved in every aspect of your health.
Benefits of hysterectomy with Glamyo Health:
- 1. Less blood loss
- 2. Smaller incision or cut
- 3. Less scarring
- 4. Shorter hospital stay
- 5. Quick recovery
Risks factor Of Hysterectomy
Most of the time, people who have undergone this procedure don’t have serious issues or side effects from surgery. However, a hysterectomy is one of the major surgeries and has a few complications which are mentioned below;
- 1. Vaginal prolapse means the part of the vagina coming out from your body.
- 2. Incontinence in your urinary
- 3. You may have chronic pain
- 4. Formation of vaginal fistula (this is an abnormal connection that develops between the bladder or rectum and the vagina.)
Moreover, there are some other risks like blood clots, hemorrhage, wound infections, and injury in the near organs but these complications occur in rare cases.
Causes of Hysterectomy
The most common reason for the cause of hysterectomy is Uterine fibroids or benign (non-cancerous) tumors in the uterus.
- 1. Abnormal or consistent heavy periods.
- 2. Endometriosis or Uterine tissue grows outside the Uterus.
- 3. Adenomyosis is a condition where the Uterine wall becomes too thick or the lining of the uterus develops inside the muscles which lead to heavy bleeding or pain.
- 4. Uterine prolapse is a condition that occurs majorly in women who have given birth to a child more than once. This makes the pelvic floor weak and creates difficulty in supporting the uterus. So it lowers down and also protrudes from the body.
- 5. Infection of the pelvis, Infections in the pelvic area are often treated with antibiotics, but if a significant infection causes a lot of damage, a hysterectomy may be necessary.
- 6. Chronic pelvic pain
- 7. Complications of delivery, Hysterectomy may also be required due to some uncommon postpartum occurrences, such as excessive bleeding or placenta accreta.
- 8. The major cause or reason is cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix, or evidence of precancerous growth. In a few cases, if you have a family history of ovarian cancer then it may possible that you have more chances of increasing hormone-sensitive cancers such as breast and ovarian and further you may require a hysterectomy.
What happens during a hysterectomy?
During a hysterectomy, your doctor will initially examine the type of hysterectomy required for you and also determine the best surgical procedure for performing the surgery or procedure. At the start of the procedure, an intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in your arm for delivering fluids or medications. Furthermore, an anesthesiologist will give you general anesthesia and during this procedure, you will not be awake, or in some cases, you may be given regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. In regional anesthesia, medications are placed in the surrounding nerves of the lower back for blocking pain while you awake.
Why is a hysterectomy performed?
Commonly, healthcare providers perform a hysterectomy for treating the following issues:
- 1. Severe or abnormal pain can not be treated with any other treatments.
- 2. Heavy vaginal bleeding can’t be cured through other treatments.
- 3. Increased pelvic pain associated with the uterus and other treatments is not able to cure it.
- 4. Uterine prolapse may lead to urinary difficulties or problems during bowel movements.
- 5. Conditions with your uterus lining such as adenomyosis or recurrent uterine polyps, and hyperplasia.
- 6. Uterine cancer and cervical abnormalities can not be treated with the help of other treatments.
MIP (Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies) Hysterectomy
Furthermore, there are different approaches to surgery that may be used by your healthcare provider to perform a hysterectomy:
In this surgical approach, your uterus gets removed by the incision or by cutting at the top of your vagina however, there will no other incision will be made. Stitches are also placed inside your vagina which is dissolvable. This procedure is used in case of Uterine prolapse or non-cancerous conditions.
During this procedure, a thin tube with a video camera (a Laparoscope) is inserted through a small cut in your belly button or your lower abdomen. Surgical tools are inserted through a small cut. Furthermore, your uterus may also be removed through your vagina or by making an incision in your abdomen.
Robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy
During this procedure, the surgeon will start the surgery using the robotic machine. A laparoscope will be inserted in your abdomen for having a view or clear picture of your pelvic area. The thin and small tools will be inserted during this procedure through around three to five small cuts or incisions.
In this procedure, your uterus will be removed through a 6 to 8-inch long cut in your abdomen. This cut will be made from your belly button to your pubic bone or maybe from your pubic hairline. This procedure is mainly used by surgeons when the patient has cancer or the disease spreads to surrounding pelvic areas.
How do I prepare for a hysterectomy?
Your healthcare provider like Glamyo Health will provide you with an explanation in detail involving the side effects and possible complications that may occur after the surgery. You can talk to us if you are concerned about anything. Moreover, you may also be asked for providing urine and blood samples.
What to Expect After Hysterectomy
Once you have undergone this surgery, if your ovaries had been removed then you will start having symptoms of menopause. However, if the ovaries are not removed then there are chances of you entering the menopause cycle at an earlier age.
It is also believed by people that you should avoid sex and also avoid lifting or carrying heavy objects for almost 6 weeks after the surgery of hysterectomy.
It has been surveyed, that most people have successfully undergone the surgery and are able in curing their major problems such as heavy periods or pain.
Comparison of Abdominal Hysterectomy and MIP Hysterectomy
The MIP technique for removing the uterus has several advantages. In comparison to an abdominal hysterectomy, a MIP typically allows for a quicker recovery, shorter stays in hospitals, less discomfort and scars, and a lesser risk of other diseases or infections.
- 1. Through MIP, people or patients are majorly able to recover within 3 to 4 weeks but it usually takes a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks with abdominal hysterectomy.
- 2. Moreover, the cost of MIP is quite lower than open surgery or abdominal hysterectomy. Also, it depends on the use of instruments and time spent in the operating room.
- 3. The major benefit associated with MIP is that it decreases the chances of incisional hernias.
- 4. It is important to know that a minimally invasive procedure is not good for every candidate. If you have scar tissue due to any surgeries you had previously, the size of your uterus, obesity, or any other health-related issues then you must consult your surgeon or doctor regarding whether you should undergo MIP or not.
- 5. Glamyo Health can provide free consultation for this, you can feel free to connect with us for MIP hysterectomies.
Health LifeStyle tips after Hysterectomy
Things that you must include in your lifestyle after hysterectomy:
- 1. Eat a balanced and nutritious diet such as including fruits and vegetables, and proteins, that will be beneficial for healing after surgery.
- 2. You must be hydrated all day, and drink 8 to 10 glasses of fluids or water in a day. You must consult your doctor for managing the intake of fluids if you have cardiac problems.
- 3. You should increase the intake of fibers if you have the tendency to constipation. A dietician can help you in this case.
- 4. You must get involved in exercises or any other physical activities.
- 5. It is necessary for you to keep your incision dry and clean. You must also follow the bathing instructions given by your doctor.
- 6. It is also advised by the doctor to avoid having sex for just eight weeks. Using products like douche products, tampons, or sexual intercourse should be avoided for eight weeks.
Cashless Medical Insurance For hysterectomy
If you are having this surgery for aesthetic purposes then it will not be covered under insurance. However, if the surgery prescribed by your doctor is due to any medical issues or health problems then it will be covered under medical insurance. Furthermore, Glamyo Health will make it easier as you just have to fill out the pre-auth form and tell the name of the insurer, and the rest of the documentation will be managed by us only. There will be no cash involvement and you will not feel any hassles before, during, and after the surgery. You will face any issue as we will guide you at every step.
Frequently Asked Questions
How common is it to get a hysterectomy?
It has been surveyed that 20,000 Indian women have undergone this surgery.
Sex Can improve After Hysterectomy
Yes, hysterectomy can improve your sexual life.
How will I feel after a hysterectomy?
After this surgery, you may feel tired or even little pain.
Will my stomach go down after a hysterectomy?
You may feel swelling or puffiness on your belly which may take 4 to 6 weeks to recover.
Will I enter menopause after a hysterectomy?
Yes, you will enter menopause immediately after the hysterectomy.
Does a hysterectomy affect my sex life?
It will not affect your sex life badly even if it will improve your sex life.
Can a woman still cum after a hysterectomy?
Yes, women can still cum after a hysterectomy.
Does sex feel different to my partner after a hysterectomy?
No, there will be no change and it has been seen that hysterectomy has improved sex life.
Is Hysterectomy covered under Insurance?
Yes, Hysterectomy will be covered under medical insurance if it is prescribed by your doctor.
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