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HYSTERECTOMY

Hysterectomy, a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the uterus, is one of the most common surgeries performed worldwide. Whether driven by medical necessity or personal choice, deciding to undergo a hysterectomy can evoke a myriad of emotions, from relief to apprehension. At the Women’s Health Group, under the careful stewardship of Dr. Awad, we approach this procedure with sensitivity, skill, and an unparalleled commitment to patient well-being, ensuring every woman is equipped with the information and support she needs.

WHO

WHAT

WHEN

Delving into the Types of Hysterectomy

Total Hysterectomy

The removal of the uterus and cervix. This is the most common form of hysterectomy performed.

Partial or Subtotal Hysterectomy

Only the uterus is removed, leaving the cervix in place.

Radical Hysterectomy

The uterus, cervix, upper parts of the vagina, and surrounding tissues are removed, primarily performed for certain types of cancer.

Understanding the Why - Indications for Hysterectomy

Uterine Fibroids

These benign tumors can lead to prolonged heavy periods, pain, and pressure symptoms.

Endometriosis

In severe cases where other treatments have been ineffective, a hysterectomy may offer relief.

Uterine Prolapse

A descent of the uterus into the vaginal canal due to weakened supporting tissues.

Cancer

Including that of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries.

Chronic Pelvic Pain

When the source is tied to the uterus, other treatments haven't been effective.

The Surgical Approaches

Abdominal Hysterectomy

Through an incision in the abdominal wall.

Vaginal Hysterectomy

Through an incision in the vagina.

Laparoscopic or Robotic

Assisted Hysterectomy: Minimally invasive techniques using small incisions and specialized instruments.

Post-Surgical Landscape

Physical Recovery

Depending on the surgical approach, hospital stay and recovery timelines vary. Minimally invasive methods typically offer faster recovery.

Hormonal Considerations

If the ovaries are removed, a woman enters surgical menopause. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) becomes an important discussion.

Emotional Recovery

The procedure can be emotionally challenging for some. We offer comprehensive counseling and support services.

Preserving Fertility Considerations

For women who still wish to have children, options like egg or embryo freezing prior to surgery can be explored.

Benefits and Risks:

Benefits

Relief from symptoms, improved quality of life, and in cases of cancer, it's a life-saving intervention.

Risks

As with any surgery, there's a risk of infection, bleeding, and complications from anesthesia. Long-term effects, especially if ovaries are removed, need consideration.

Alternative Treatments

Before settling on a hysterectomy, we explore

Medications

Hormonal treatments or other drugs that can address the underlying condition.

Uterine Artery Embolization

Especially for fibroids, this procedure reduces their size by cutting off their blood supply.

Endometrial Ablation

A procedure to destroy the lining of the uterus, reducing or stopping heavy menstrual bleeding.

Life After Hysterectomy

Physical Adjustments

From potential changes in hormone levels to recovery from surgical discomfort, the body needs time and care.

Sexual Health

Many women find their sexual experience remains the same or even improves after a hysterectomy. However, open communication and, if needed, counseling can aid in navigating any challenges.

Emotional Well-being

We recognize and address the emotional facet of undergoing such a procedure, providing therapeutic support and community resources.

Embarking on the path of undergoing a hysterectomy is a decision steeped in both medical precision and personal introspection. At Women’s Health Group, we believe in nurturing both these dimensions. Led by Dr. Awad, our team is committed to providing every patient with the pinnacle of care — from the meticulousness of surgical technique to the tenderness of emotional support. A hysterectomy isn’t just a medical procedure; it’s a journey, and with us, you’re never alone on this path. We stand with you, ensuring every step is taken with clarity, confidence, and an unwavering focus on your holistic well-being.