Is hysterectomy the right treatment for you?

If your physician has suggested you receive a hysterectomy, you may have a lot of questions about the procedure. It’s important to get these questions answered to ensure a hysterectomy is the right choice for you.

Discuss the following questions with your gynecologist before having a hysterectomy.

Are you done having children?

After your hysterectomy, you will no longer have periods and cannot get pregnant.

Will a hysterectomy properly treat your problem?

Hysterectomies are most often performed to treat the following problems:

  • Cancer
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain

While a hysterectomy is an effective treatment for most of the conditions listed above, it may not cure chronic pelvic pain in every case. Make sure you understand the source of your pain.

Are there other treatments available?

For some conditions, less invasive treatments exist. They may or may not be as effective as hysterectomy, so you should always talk to your physician about all of your options, their benefits and risks.

Do you understand the risks?

The following are the most common risks associated with hysterectomies. Most of the risks are the same as those you’d face with any surgery.

  • Infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Problems related to anesthesia
  • Allergic reactions to medications
  • Injury to the urinary tract, bowel or nearby organs
  • Early menopause, if the ovaries are removed

How long will it take to recover from a hysterectomy?

Depending on how your hysterectomy is performed, it could take between three and six weeks to fully recover from the procedure. You will probably have to spend at least one night in the hospital.

Can you have a minimally invasive hysterectomy?

Minimally invasive hysterectomies have lower risks of bleeding and infection and decrease recovery time. Ask your physician about minimally invasive techniques, such as laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgery.

By Lenny Laureta-Bansil, DO

About Dr. Laureta-Bansil – Lenny Laureta-Bansil, DO, practices at Hampton Roads OB/GYN Center in Norfolk. She received her medical degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She went on to complete her OB/GYN residency at State University of New York, Sisters of Charity Hospital.

Dr. Bansil is certified in laparoscopic surgery (FLS) and da Vinci robotic surgical system. She has participated in several research studies and is a member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Urogynecologic Society and American Osteopathic Association. Additionally, Dr. Bansil was a recipient of the 2012 AUGS Award for excellence in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and the 2013 AAGL Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.

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