Hysterectomy: Procedure, Risks, Recovery
Why might I need a hysterectomy?
You may need a hysterectomy for:
- • Removal non-cancerous tumors, Fibroids.
- • A condition wherein the endometrial cells grow outside of the uterus, attaching themselves to other organs in the pelvic cavity. Endometriosis. causes ceaseless pelvic torment, severe pain during sex, and heavy bleeding.
- • Abnormal uterine bleeding., often due to endometrial hyperplasia. Causing over thickening of the uterine lining, resulting in abnormal bleeding.
- • Cervical or ovarian, or endometrial cancer.
- • When the uterus or a growth causes blocks in the bladder or intestines.
- • When the uterus drops down into the vagina in a condition known as Uterine prolapse.
- • Pelvic pain, or pelvic inflammatory disease caused by Chronic pelvic conditions.
Your doctor may have other reasons to he sees fit for conducting a hysterectomy.
What are the risks of a hysterectomy?
Some possible complications include:
- • Abnormal bleeding.
- • Damage to the ureters and bladder
- • Infections
- • Complications in the bowel or other intestinal organs
- • Complications with urination or urinary incontinence
- • Mood swings, depression
Other risks may likewise come up, on your condition. Consult your doctor and discuss the concerns before the procedure.
How do I get ready for a hysterectomy?
- • You will have to sign a consent form that allows to carry on with the procedure. Be sure to read the form carefully and clear things up if something is not clear beforehand.
- • Your doctor will study your health history and conduct a complete physical exam to be sure you are in good health before the procedure. Blood tests or other diagnostic tests can be expected.
- • You have to fasting for 8 hours from midnight.
- • If you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medicines, iodine, latex, tape, or anesthesia, be sure to tell your doctor.
- • Update your doctor of all medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
- • Inform your doctor, if you have any bleeding disorders or if you are taking any blood-thinning medicines (you may be directed to stop taking these medicines before the procedure starts)
- • The doctor usually will give you a sedative before being taken into the operating room. Causing you to be asleep for the procedure.
- • An antibiotic might be prescribed the day before the procedure.
- • Arrange for help with the house & chores for a couple of weeks after you go home.
What happens during a hysterectomy?
The procedures may vary depending on the individual’s condition and your doctor’s practices. Generally, a hysterectomy follows this process:
- • You will need to get rid of all the jewellery or other objects that might interfere with the operation.
- • A hospital gown shall be given to the patient in which the procedure will be taking place.
- • The hair at the surgical site may be shaved off.
- • An intravenous (IV) line will be administered.
- • All your vitals like heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, and blood oxygen level during the procedure will be under observation by the anesthesiologist.