Hysterectomy Specialists Osawatomie KS
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1993
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According to the National Women's Health Information Center, a hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus. The uterus is the place where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are taken out. Hysterectomies are very common - one in three women in the United States has had one by age 60.
Your health care provider might recommend a hysterectomy if you have:
Endometriosis not cured by medicine or surgery
Uterine prolapse - when the uterus drops into the vagina
Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
Vaginal bleeding that persists despite treatment
Chronic pelvic pain; surgery can be a last resort
Before having a hysterectomy, it is important to discuss other possible treatments with your health care provider. A hysterectomy will stop your periods, and you will no longer be able to get pregnant. If the surgery removes both ovaries, you will enter menopause.
Types of hysterectomies:
Complete or total. Removes the cervix as well as the uterus. (This is the most common type of hysterectomy.)
Partial or subtotal. Removes the upper part of the uterus and leaves the cervix in place.
Radical. Removes the uterus, the cervix, the upper part of the vagina, and supporting tissues. (This is done in some cases of cancer.) How common are hysterectomies?
A hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. (The most common is cesarean section delivery.) Each year, more than 600,000 are done. One in three women in the United States has had a hysterectomy by age 60.How is a hysterectomy performed?
Hysterectomies are done through a cut in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy) or the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy). Sometimes an instrument called a laparoscope is used to help see inside the abdomen during vaginal hysterectomy. The type of surgery that is done depends on the reason for the surgery. Abdominal hysterectomies are more common and usually require a longer recovery time.How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy?
Recovering from a hysterectomy takes time. You will stay in the hospital from one to two days for postsurgery care. Some women may stay in the hospital up to four days.
Abdominal. Complete recovery usually takes four to eight weeks. You will gradually be able to increase your activities.
Vaginal or laparoscopic. Most women are able to return to normal activity in one to two weeks.
For both, by the sixth week, you should be able to take tub baths and resume sexual activi...