A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove some or all of the reproductive organs from the body. After a hysterectomy, the patient will no longer menstruate. Depending on the patient’s situation, Dr. Pollard may perform an abdominal hysterectomy or a vaginal hysterectomy.
With an abdominal hysterectomy, Dr. Pollard makes an incision in the abdomen and removes the uterus and/or the ovaries through this incision. With a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Pollard removes these organs through the vagina instead.
A vaginal hysterectomy doesn’t require an incision or a scar. It also allows the patient to spend less time in the hospital, and it lowers the cost of the procedure. However, vaginal hysterectomy may not be possible for every patient.
Abdominal hysterectomy carries more risks than a vaginal procedure. However, for patients with large uteruses or other characteristics that make vaginal hysterectomy difficult, an abdominal approach may be the best option. Dr. Pollard can help each patient determine which method is best for her.
Hysterectomy procedures may be necessary when a patient has a condition that isn’t responding to other treatments. Some examples of conditions that may lead to a hysterectomy include:
Other treatment options may be available for some of these conditions. Dr. Pollard will explain each of these treatment options to patients and help them decide which is best.
When the ovaries are removed during a hysterectomy, the patient will experience menopause immediately. Even if Dr. Pollard leaves the ovaries in place, the patient may still experience menopause prematurely. Pregnancy won’t be possible after a hysterectomy.
Some of the other possible risks of hysterectomy include infection, bleeding, reactions to anesthesia, and blood clots. In some cases, damage to nearby organs may also occur.
Recovery after a hysterectomy varies based on the type of procedure, as well as other factors. In general, the recovery after a vaginal hysterectomy will be shorter and less difficult than the recovery after an abdominal hysterectomy.
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