Women's Health | August 30, 2014 | Author: The Super Pharmacist
Hysterectomies are one of the most common elective surgeries performed on women in Australia. A number of different types of hysterectomies exist and are performed for several different reasons and with varying outcomes. In all cases of a hysterectomy performed on women who are pre-menopausal, menstruation will cease and the woman will no longer be able to bear children.
An operation involving removal of the uterus is known as a hysterectomy. Sometimes, the cervix as well as other reproductive organs are also removed.
The type of hysterectomy to be performed will depend on the diagnosis. For example, the only option for a woman who has been diagnosed with cancer may be a radical hysterectomy. In most instances, the patient will be offered a choice, particularly whether the ovaries will be removed or not.
The way the surgery is performed depends on a number of different factors, such as the extent of the operation necessary, the reason for the procedure, previous medial history, surgeon’s preference and the patient’s anatomy, such as weight.
There are three different way sin which hysterectomies are performed, which include:
The most common reason that women in Australia have hysterectomies is fibroids, which are benign tumours, also known as myomas. Other common reasons to have a hysterectomy include:
The need for this type of procedure is rarely urgent. Therefore, all options should be fully explored and you should be satisfied that it is the appropriate course of action.
Following a hysterectomy, it is common to awake fatigued with pain, depending on the type of procedure, the reason it was performed and state of health.
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