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Overview: A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to remove the uterus (womb), ending your period cycle and ability to become pregnant. Hysterectomy is suggested by your gynecologist when you have-
Depending on the conditions and symptoms, a hysterectomy may involve the removal of other organs and tissues, such as the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes.Learn More
Hysterectomy operations last from 1 to 3 hours. The length of the surgery depends on how big your uterus is. Depending on the reason for the hysterectomy and your overall health, hysterectomy can be done in the following ways.
Abdominal hysterectomy: During an abdominal hysterectomy, your doctor will make an incision, about 5-to-7inch, either up-and-down or side-to-side across the belly. Your doctor will then remove the uterus through the incision. You may need to stay 2-3 days in hospital after the procedure.
Vaginal hysterectomy: During a vaginal hysterectomy, your doctor will make an incision in the vagina and remove the uterus through the same incision. The incision is closed, leaving no visible scars.
Total Laparoscopic hysterectomy: During a total hysterectomy, your doctor will use a laparoscope (tube with a lighted camera) and surgical tools to make a small cut in the belly button. The doctor will perform this surgery from outside the body while viewing the operation on a video screen.
Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy: During a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, your doctor will remove the uterus through an incision in the vagina with the help of laparoscopic tools
Your blood pressure, pulse, and breathing will be continuously monitored
You may feel some pain and pressure in your pelvic area or surgical site
You may return to work about 6 weeks after an abdominal hysterectomy and probably sooner after a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy.
Endometriosis:It is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus
Fibroids: Non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus)
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