Uterus Removal Surgery
'Uterus removal surgery is also called as hysterectomy and is the second most common surgery performed worldwide'.
This is Dr. Manu. consultant gynecology doctor in Chennai. In this round-up article, I am going to tell you everything under the sun about uterus removal surgery also popularly known as Hysterectomy
Whats a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a specialized medical procedure wherein the uterus of the women is removed.
The surgery is done for a variety of medical reasons. Various techniques of uterus removal also exist.
The extent of removal also depends on the underlying clinical condition of the patient.
Sometimes, only the uterus is removed, however, in some instances, both the uterus, ovaries and/or fallopian tube can be removed in total.
An important point to remember though is that, once your uterus is removed, you will not be able to conceive and your menstrual cycles will come to a stop.
Indications of Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy is generally a safe procedure when done by right and also is among the most common procedures done in women’s health in general.
Your gynecologist will perform a hysterectomy if you have
A. Multiple large fibroids
B. Cancer of the uterus, cervix and/or ovaries
C. Uterine prolapse
D. Severe Endometriosis
E. Adenomyosis and lastly
F. Pelvic Inflammatory disease
While some alternatives do exist for hysterectomy, sometimes it turns out to be the only option. This is especially true in case of a cancer diagnosis.
Globally, there are 3 different types of hysterectomies that are routinely performed by gynecologists
A. Total Hysterectomy
Here, your gynecologist will remove both your uterus + cervix. You will no longer require annual PAP smear testing. But, regular check ups are recommended
B. Salpingo-oophorectomy + Hysterectomy
Here, your gynecologist will remove both uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Hormone replacement therapy will usually be required.
A hysterectomy can be performed by different routes
A. Vaginal hysterectomy
Here the uterus removal surgery is done by a small incision in the vagina. No external scarring is a major advantage of this procedure
B. Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
In this procedure, your doctor will remove the uterus by breaking it down into smaller pieces with the help of a laparoscope.
Now, let’s move on to the last part of the article
Recovery post procedure
Post the procedure, you would need 2-5 days of bed rest in the hospital. Medication for pain and vital monitoring will also be done. Walking is encouraged, as it prevents blood clot formation and keeps your body active. With vaginal hysterectomy you may have to wear a vaginal pad to control the discharge of fluid for the next 10 days or so.
Post discharge, you must avoid
A. Sexual intercourse
B. and lifting up heavy items.
Your complete recovery will occur in about 4 weeks, post which you can resume all normal activities
Uterus removal surgery cost
The uterus removal surgery cost in Chennai can range from anywhere between 45,000 to 1,00,000 INR. The cost depends on the type of procedure being performed, the place, length of the procedure and the operating surgeon’s expertise
Hysterectomy as such is a very safe procedure when done right. I hope you found this article interesting, please do share this with all your friends and loved ones