A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the uterus, and sometimes other related organs. It’s the second most commonly performed surgery on women, after cesarean section deliveries. After having a hysterectomy, you are no longer able to conceive a child.
There are different types of hysterectomies, including:
In this surgery, the entire uterus, including the cervix (the opening of the uterus) is removed. Removing the fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be necessary. A total hysterectomy is the most common type of hysterectomy surgery.
In a partial hysterectomy, the upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left intact.
The uterus, cervix, the tissue on both sides of the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina are removed in a radical hysterectomy. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may be removed as well. This type of procedure is usually performed to treat certain gynecological cancers, including cervical and endometrial cancer.
A hysterectomy is used to treat a variety of painful and uncomfortable pelvic conditions, as well as specific cancers. A hysterectomy is a treatment option if you have:
A hysterectomy can be performed with traditional surgery through your vagina or your abdomen. It can also be performed with laparoscopy, which is a minimally invasive procedure with shorter recovery time and less pain. Dr. Chung has expertise in all the different types of hysterectomy surgeries and chooses the best method for your specific health issues.
Expect to spend a few days in the hospital after the surgery. During that time, Dr. Chung recommends that you walk around to prevent blood clots. He may also prescribe medicine to prevent blood clots.
A little pain, bleeding, and vaginal discharge is normal postsurgical symptoms. Recovery time can take anywhere from three to six weeks, depending on which type of surgery you had.
During your recovery, you shouldn’t lift heavy objects, have sexual intercourse, or put anything in your vagina such as a tampon. You should rest, but also be sure to walk around to help speed up your recovery.
After Dr. Chung determines that your recovery period is complete, you can resume your normal sexual activities — and enjoy life without painful or uncomfortable pelvic symptoms.
If you’d like to find out if you’re a candidate for hysterectomy surgery, call Alliance for Women’s Health or make an appointment online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!