A hysterectomy is a specialized surgery that involves removing a woman’s uterus. In some cases, this procedure may also include the removal of other reproductive organs, such as the fallopian tubes and ovaries. While the discomfort, infection risks and recovery of a hysterectomy have been greatly reduced with technology advancements, it is still considered a major and irreversible surgery. A hysterectomy marks the end of a woman’s menstrual period as well as her ability to conceive a child.
At North Pointe OB/GYN, performing a hysterectomy is not a recommendation we take lightly. However, there are certain women who can greatly benefit from this procedure in terms of their comfort, health and overall quality of life. Understanding when to consider a hysterectomy is important.
Reasons Your Physician May Suggest a Hysterectomy
A hysterectomy is not typically an elective procedure. Instead, it is most often recommended by a physician to remedy a medical concern such as the following:
- Fibroid tumors
- Cancer diagnosis
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Chronic pelvic conditions
- Uterine prolapse
- Blockage of the bladder or intestines by the uterus
Keep in mind that there are several types of hysterectomies. This includes a variety of surgical approaches (laparoscopic, abdominal, vaginal) as well as total, radical and supracervical hysterectomies. Your type of hysterectomy will be based on the specific reason for the procedure.
Want to learn more about your candidacy for a hysterectomy or what to expect after this type of surgery? Call North Pointe OB/GYN in Cumming. We are happy to discuss this procedure in detail with our patients and help them make an informed decision about going forward. You can trust that we extend the highest level of precision and care when it comes to specialized surgeries for women.