When should I have a hysterectomy?

img 0775 A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove the uterus. After having the hysterectomy, pregnancy is no longer an option, which is why it is best to make the decision to have this surgery once you have decided not to have children or are done expanding your family. At Premier OB/GYN, we understand that there are many instances in which a woman might choose to have a hysterectomy performed. 

Why might I need a hysterectomy? 

There are different situations that can arise for patients that may lead them to consider having a hysterectomy, even though it is a major surgical procedure. Below are a few of the health concerns and issues that can be resolved by removing the uterus: 

  • Heavy/extended periods
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Cancer of the fallopian tubes

In many of these situations, patients may have attempted more conservative treatment options that have failed to work, leaving a hysterectomy as the only treatment option left in their specific case. If women are faced with a choice to have the procedure done, they will often be told to attempt the conservative treatments before making the decision to have a hysterectomy. 

What types of hysterectomy can be performed? 

There are a few different types of hysterectomies that can be performed. The one chosen for a patient is a personal decision, and their current health status may also dictate the best choice for their unique needs. 

  • Total hysterectomy – removal of womb and cervix
  • Subtotal hysterectomy – removal of womb only
  • Salpingectomy – removal of womb, cervix, and fallopian tubes
  • Oophorectomy – removal of the womb, cervix, and ovaries

How is the hysterectomy performed? 

There are different techniques available today for removing the uterus, allowing patients to make a choice as to the option best for them. This may include vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, and abdominal hysterectomy. 

Interested in learning more about undergoing a hysterectomy? 

Discuss your options with the team at Premier OB/GYN in Bradenton, FL to find out if it is time for a hysterectomy. The office is located at 5323 4th Avenue and can be reached by phone to book an appointment at (941) 745-5115.

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