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A hysterectomy is kind of surgical procedure which involves the removal of the womb (uterus).It is considered as the second most performed surgery for women who is in the reproductive age. But it is recommended or shouldn’t be performed on women who still want to have children unless no other alternatives are left for the treatment.
Reasons for a hysterectomy
Hysterectomies are usually carried out in the conditions that directly affect the female reproductive system:
A hysterectomy is a major operation and it is only tried after some alternative which are less invasive, treatments have been tried.
Things to consider
If you have a hysterectomy, you have to decide whether to also have the cervix or ovaries removed. The decision is generally rely on one`s personal feelings, medical history and any recommendations doctors may have.
Types of hysterectomy
There are various types of hysterectomy:
Different ways to carry out a hysterectomy:
Keyhole surgery requires only require some tiny incisions in the abdomen. A laparoscope inserted through one of these tiny incisions allows the surgeon to keenly examine the pelvic organs. Other surgical instruments are used to perform the surgery through small 5 mm incisions.
Benefits of keyhole hysterectomy.
Compared with the abdominal hysterectomy, laparoscopic /robotic surgery resulted in much less pain, comes with a lower risk of infection, and requires a shorter hospital stay.
Recovery after Hysterectomy.
You stay in the hospital will extend to the maximum of few days after surgery. Your stay in the medical facility will entirely depend on the type of hysterectomy and how it was performed. If it is a keyhole surgery then you will be discharged within the course of 24 hours. You can feel some pain for the first few days after the surgery. So your doctor will recommend you some medication to relieve pain. You may have discharge from your vagina for several weeks due to the procedure.
Some important things about recovery.
Follow all the keen instructions of your health care provider. Always take plenty of rest after the treatment, but you also have to move around yourself through some exercise and do these as much your body bears it. Do not insert anything in your vagina during the course of first 6 weeks. These activities include douching, having sex, and using tampons.
After you fully recovered, you must continue to visit your specialist for the routine gynecologic exams and general health examination. Depending on the particular reason for your hysterectomy, you still need some pelvic exams and cervical cancer screening.