Having a hysterectomy is a personal and private decision for a woman. It can also be a difficult choice. This surgical procedure is performed to remove the uterus, which can eliminate a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant in the future. At Premier OB/GYN, we understand that women in the areas of Bradenton, FL may be struggling with this choice. Our doctors believe in providing the information women need to make a knowledgeable decision regarding their reproductive health.
Why might a woman desire a hysterectomy?
There are several reasons why a woman might have this procedure performed. Below are just a few of the situations that can arise and result in the desire or need to remove the uterus:
- Uterine fibroids. Uterine fibroids are growths that are benign (non-cancerous) but develop in the uterus. They can cause women to have bleeding and pain. Some women may benefit from a less invasive procedure called a myomectomy to treat these fibroids, which is a procedure that only removes the fibroids and allows the uterus to remain. This is often done as a first step prior to full uterus removal.
- Cancer. According to research, approximately 10% of hysterectomies are performed due to cancer. Cancers that might be addressed with a hysterectomy include cancers of the ovary, uterus, endometrium, or the cervix.
- Endometriosis. Conditions such as endometriosis, which causes endometrial tissue to develop outside of the uterus, can cause extreme pain, irregular periods, and other problems that might be resolved with a hysterectomy.
- Infection. Patients who have PID, or “pelvic inflammatory disease,” may benefit from removing the uterus if this bacterial infection cannot be controlled with antibiotics or spreads.
Are you considering a hysterectomy?
Speak with a professional today to determine if you are a candidate and to learn more about the benefits and disadvantages of this procedure. At Premier OB/GYN, we provide the knowledge patients need to make an educated decision regarding their reproductive health, and work directly with women to assist them in making the right choices. We are conveniently located at 5323 4th Avenue in Bradenton, Florida and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (941) 745-5115.