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  • What is hysterectomy?

    Hysterectomy is the surgical procedure to remove the uterus or the womb. Removing the uterus may be necessary in various situations where alternative treatments prove insufficient. Some reasons for a hysterectomy include the presence of uterine fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterus), a diagnosis of uterine, ovarian, cervical, or endometrial cancer, endometriosis (abnormal growth of uterine lining outside the uterus), adenomyosis (the growth of uterine lining into the uterine muscle), severe Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) causing intense pelvic pain, hyperplasia (abnormal thickening of the uterine lining due to excess estrogen), and uterine prolapse (descent of the uterus into the vagina). Additionally, conditions like abnormal heavy bleeding or delivery complications may also warrant a hysterectomy. 

    The prevalence of hysterectomy in western countries ranges from 10 to 20 percent. In India, 6 in every 100 women aged 30 to 49 undergo a hysterectomy. The prevalence is about 11 per 100 women in the age group of 45-49 years.

    A hysterectomy may or may not involve complete removal of the uterus, depending on the approach of the hysterectomy procedure. Let’s look at the different types of hysterectomy and what they comprise.

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    Uterus Removal

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    What Are The Types Of Hysterectomy?

    The hysterectomy approach utilized by the doctor varies depending on the individual patient, and the decision regarding the extent of uterus removal and whether additional organs will be removed is made by the doctor based on their diagnosis. Hysterectomy is categorized into different types based on the removal of the uterus and other organs involved:

    • Total or Simple Hysterectomy: This approach involves removing the entire uterus and cervix (birth canal). In some cases, the doctor may also remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
    • Subtotal or Partial Hysterectomy: Also known as supracervical hysterectomy, this approach involves removing the uterus while leaving the cervix intact.
    • Radical Hysterectomy: This approach includes the removal of the uterus, cervix, a portion of the vagina, and surrounding ligaments and tissues. Surgeons may also remove the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and lymph nodes in the vicinity.
    • Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy: In this approach, both the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed by the surgeon.

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    Diagnosis Before Hysterectomy

    Prior to a hysterectomy, the doctor suggests the patient get certain diagnostic tests to understand their symptoms, identify the underlying condition, and evaluate their overall health. They help doctors to confirm the presence of anomalies, determine the best course of action, and the type of hysterectomy to be performed. These tests also assist in determining if the patient is fit enough to undergo the procedure. Here’s what the diagnostic procedure before a hysterectomy comprises: 

    • Medical history assessment: During the initial consultation, the doctor gathers information about the patient’s past medical records, symptoms, and other relevant details.
    • Physical evaluation: A thorough pelvic examination is conducted to visually inspect the patient’s reproductive organs and detect any structural abnormalities.
    • Imaging examinations: Based on the findings from the physical assessment, additional imaging tests such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scans may be recommended. These tests provide detailed images of the uterus, ovaries, and surrounding structures, aiding in detecting tumors, fibroids, or other irregularities.
    • Laboratory Tests: Various laboratory tests, including blood tests and urine tests, are performed to assess hormone levels, identify potential infections, and evaluate the patient’s overall health.
    • Biopsy: In some instances, a biopsy may be conducted to rule out the presence of cancer, precancerous conditions, or other abnormalities. This involves collecting a tissue sample from the uterus or cervix, which is then examined under a microscope in a laboratory.
    • Laparoscopy & other diagnostic procedures: Depending on the specific situation, the doctor may recommend diagnostic procedures such as hysteroscopy or laparoscopy to diagnose conditions like; endometriosis, fibroids, polyps and accurately determine the underlying cause. 

    Hysterectomy Treatment Procedures

    To perform a hysterectomy, the doctor uses two approaches primarily. They either perform the procedure through the vagina or through the abdomen. The approach used depends on several factors, including the patient’s condition, the type of hysterectomy required (total, partial, radical, etc.), and the available technology. Defined below are the different types of hysterectomy surgery techniques and how they’re used: 

    1. Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

    A laparoscopic hysterectomy, also known as keyhole surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure for uterus removal.. This is an advanced technique that accompanies less pain, less bleeding, and minimal scarring. Instead of a large incision, the surgeon makes several small incisions and uses a laparoscope, which is a slender tube with a tiny camera, to perform the surgery. Here is a step-by-step explanation of the laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure:

    • Step 1: The patient is given general anesthesia to keep her asleep for the procedure. Also, anesthesia helps prevent any pain or discomfort to the patient. 
    • Step 2: The surgeon makes small, keyhole-sized incisions in the abdomen to insert the instruments and remove the uterus and/or its surrounding tissues and organs.
    • Step 3: The laparoscope and surgical instruments are inserted through these small incisions or through the vagina to see the internal organs and perform the surgery.
    • Step 4: The surgeon carefully removes the uterus, cervix, or other reproductive parts that need to be removed.
    • Step 5: If the incisions are smaller than half an inch, stitches aren’t necessary, and they are left to heal on their own. However, larger incisions over 1 cm in size may be closed using sutures. Sutures may also be used to close the incision at the birth canal if necessary.

    2. Robotic Hysterectomy 

    A robotic hysterectomy is the latest and one of the most advanced methods of uterus removal. In this method, a special control device guides the surgical instruments used in the procedure. This technique is less invasive, causes less discomfort, and allows quicker recovery than other methods. Here is a step-by-step explanation of the robot-assisted hysterectomy procedure:

    • Step 1: The patient’s bladder is emptied using a urinary catheter, and the surgical area is then cleaned with a sterile solution.
    • Step 2: The patient is given general anesthesia to keep her asleep and pain-free during the procedure.
    • Step 3: The surgeon makes small incisions in the patient’s abdomen to insert surgical instruments for the surgery.
    • Step 4: Using the control device, the surgeon guides the surgical instruments to remove the uterus, parts of the uterus, or surrounding tissues and organs. An assistant remains at the operating table to assist in repositioning and adding or removing the surgical instruments.
    • Step 5: After the removal is complete, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures, and the patient is moved to the recovery room.

    3. Open Hysterectomy

    Open hysterectomy is the conventional method of uterus removal, which has now been replaced with several less-invasive techniques. But, despite being more invasive than other techniques, it is still used in some scenarios. Here is a step-by-step explanation of the open hysterectomy procedure:

    • Step 1: The patient is given general anesthesia to make sure they don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the surgery.
    • Step 2: A cut is made in the lower belly, either vertically or horizontally, just above the pubic hairline. The size and location of the cut may vary depending on the reason for the procedure.
    • Step 3: The doctor carefully separates the surrounding tissues to expose the uterus and nearby structures.
    • Step 4: Blood vessels and ligaments that connect the uterus to other structures, like the ovaries and fallopian tubes, are tied off and cut or sealed with care.
    • Step 5: The uterus is then separated from the body and taken out either as a whole or in pieces for easier removal.
    • Step 6: The cut in the abdomen is closed using stitches or staples. A drainage catheter may be placed near the cut to remove any extra fluid. The patient is then shifted to the recovery room and monitored till the effect of anesthesia wears off.

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    Pristyn Care has a team of trained, devoted, and highly trusted gynecologists who can provide hysterectomy surgery with precision, compassion, and integrity. Pristyn Care is one of the most sought-after healthcare units for hysterectomy at an affordable cost.

    Pristyn Care is a leading hysterectomy clinic in India that is well-known for its high and top-notch results. We are associated with the best hospitals in India equipped with modern medical equipment and state-of-the-art infrastructure that facilitates uterus removal surgery without any risks and complications. Our specialist gynecologists and hysterectomy surgeons bring a wealth of experience in their respective domains, thus making your uterus removal surgery experience an exceptionally satisfying one.

    What happens in Hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery)?

    As stated above, in a hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery), the gynecologist removes the uterus and other parts of the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, fallopian tubes, and sometimes even the ovaries. 

    Before hysterectomy is performed, the doctor will ask the patient to change into a hospital gown and track her heart rate.

    The surgeon will insert an intravenous line to inject injections and medicinal fluids.

    An anesthesiologist will sedate the patient with general, local, or spinal anesthesia, to ‘block’ pain during the surgery.

    Depending on the reason for the hysterectomy, a surgeon may remove only the uterus or other parts of the reproductive organs. Depending on the organs that are removed, hysterectomy can be of the following types:

    1. Total hysterectomy – The whole uterus and cervix is removed in this procedure, leaving the ovaries.
    2. Supracervical hysterectomy – The upper part of the uterus is removed, leaving the cervix.
    3. Radical hysterectomy – The whole uterus, tissues on the sides of the uterus, the cervix, and the top part of the vagina are removed. 

    Depending on the patient’s health problem, the gynecologist will discuss which type of hysterectomy needs to be performed.

    The gynecologist may adopt different surgical approaches to perform hysterectomies.

    Vaginal hysterectomy

    • No external incision is made in the procedure. The uterus is removed through an incision made at the top of the vagina.
    • The hysterectomy doctor will use dissolvable stitches placed inside the vagina. 
    • It is a daycare treatment and the patient can go home the same day.
    • Vaginal hysterectomy is performed mainly for uterine prolapse and to treat any non-cancerous conditions.

    Laparoscopic hysterectomy 

    • A small incision is made in the belly button through which the doctor inserts a laparoscope to the lower abdomen.
    • A few small incisions are also made through which the doctor inserts surgical tools. 
    • The uterus is removed either through the incision made in the abdomen or the vagina.
    • The procedure does not require more than one day of hospitalization.

    Abdominal hysterectomy (Open hysterectomy)

    • A 6-8 inches long incision is made in the abdomen either from the belly button or the pubic bone.
    • The uterus is removed through this incision.
    • Once the organs are removed, the incisions are closed with stitches or staples.
    • The procedure requires a longer hospital stay (2-3 days) than the above-mentioned methods.

    Robotic hysterectomy

    • The procedure is performed with the help of a robotic machine. 
    • A laparoscope is inserted into the abdomen to view the internals.
    • Approximately 3-5 incisions are made around the belly button through which the surgeon controls the robotic instruments.

    How to prepare for a uterus removal surgery (hysterectomy)?

    Here are a few tips that can help you ease your worries and seamlessly undergo hysterectomy.

    • Gather information – The best way to prepare for a hysterectomy is to gather as much information as possible before the surgery. Make sure you understand the procedure and how it will impact your overall health in the coming days.
    • Stop smoking and drinking alcohol – Reducing smoking and alcohol consumption can prevent adverse reactions from anesthesia and ensure a smooth recovery.
    • Discuss your medical health and medications with your doctor – If you are taking any medication, discuss with your doctor whether you need to change your routine medication before a hysterectomy. If you have any underlying disease that may adversely affect the outcome of your hysterectomy, discuss with your doctor.
    • Drink lots of healthy fluids before the hysterectomy – Drinking a lot of fluids shall keep you hydrated and prevent constipation, a common discomfort associated with the surgery.
    • Plan your recovery ahead of the surgery – Plan and prepare for your recovery in advance. Get somebody to drive you home after the surgery or help you with the household tasks as you rest post-surgery.
    • Eat light and relax a night before the hysterectomy – Limiting consumption of a heavy diet can help you before and after the hysterectomy. Don’t panic. The anticipation of getting the uterus removed can be stressful for many women. But you need to understand that stress can adversely affect the immune system and in turn delay the recovery process.

    When is hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) is required?

    Hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) could be a feasible treatment for any female who suffers from any of the following health conditions:

    • Severe menstrual pain that cannot be controlled by medicines or any other treatment methods.
    • Abnormal vaginal bleeding that is not controlled by other treatment methods.
    • Uterine fibroids (non-cancerous uterine tumors)
    • Unusual increased pelvic pain associated with the uterus
    • Uterine prolapse that causes urinary incontinence or difficulty passing a bowel movement.
    • Cervical or uterine cancer

    Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy) Benefits

    A hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) can improve your overall quality of life.

    For females dealing with uterine fibroids, abnormal periods, endometriosis, and adenomyosis, a hysterectomy can be a beneficial procedure to eliminate the chronic pain associated with the conditions. 

    Hysterectomy can also provide relief from unexpected and heavy vaginal bleeding.

    Hysterectomy can be a very significant part of the treatment plan for women undergoing surgery due to cancer.

    How will I feel after getting a hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery)?

    You are likely to experience physical and emotional changes after the uterus removal. After a hysterectomy, you will stop having periods. You may experience bloating, abdominal cramps, and other symptoms similar to menstruation. Occasionally, you may experience vaginal bleeding and vaginal discharge for a few weeks after the surgery.

    For the next few weeks after the hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery), you may feel swelling, redness, itching, and a burning sensation around the incision site. There may be slight scarring, internally and externally as well. However, in case the hysterectomy surgery is performed via a laparoscopic approach, the size of the scars will be much smaller.

    You will not experience any mood swings or hormone-related effects if the ovaries remain intact. In case the ovaries are removed, the woman might experience symptoms that occur with menopause, such as hot flashes and trouble concentrating.

    There might be an outburst of emotional changes, too, but that depends on how you have prepared yourself before the uterus removal surgery. If you know the changes and reactions before the surgery, the emotional changes shall be short-termed. This also depends on your reason for undergoing hysterectomy. If you choose to get the uterus removed to treat any severely painful conditions, the surgery can improve your health and well-being to a great extent. In that case, the emotional changes are likely to be positive.

    What is the cost of Hysterectomy (Uterus Removal Surgery) in India?

    The approximate cost of hysterectomy (Uterus Removal Surgery) in India is Rs.106000 . But, as with any other surgery, the specific price may increase or decrease a little depending upon the technique of your hysterectomy, the parts removed, your choice of the gynecologist, their years of experience, hospital vicinity, and other medical and non-medical expenses.

    The most common factors that affect hysterectomy cost include:

    • Consultation charges of the gynecologists
    • Experience of the gynecologists
    • Preference of hospital (Government or Private)
    • Type of surgery to be performed
    • Cost of pre-operative tests
    • Medication charges
    • Anesthesia charges
    • Follow-up consultation charges

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    Advantages And Disadvantages Of Hysterectomy Or Uterus Removal Surgery

    Deciding to have uterus removal is an important and emotionally difficult decision. It would result in the loss of fertility. It is always better for the patients to have a minimally invasive hysterectomy as recovery is faster than open. Also, each method has its own limitations. Look carefully at the advantages and disadvantages of hysterectomy.

    Advantage of Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy)

    • The primary reason why women undergo hysterectomy is to get rid of the abnormal bleeding. Abnormal bleeding can be irritating, draining and uncomfortable. But these days there are other treatments available for this condition, such as uterine balloon therapy. But this might not work in all cases.
    • It prevents the possibility of future uterine cancer. Many women who have had cancerous growths, or who have a family history of them, choose to have a hysterectomy in order to prevent future problems. A hysterectomy can literally be a lifesaver for some of these women.
    • It is used to treat uterine prolapse, which is a condition in which the uterus descends into or beyond the vagina.
    • It solves the problem of uterine fibroid or growths. These can cause great discomfort, as when a woman suffers from endometriosis, a hysterectomy can bring great relief. However, nowadays there are many alternative treatments, such as hormonal treatments and balloon uterine therapy that can be used to treat these conditions.
    • Above all, laparoscopic hysterectomy has advantages over traditional procedures. There is no blood loss and fewer complications. The procedure takes less than an hour and the patient can get back to home the same day. All this leads to fast recovery.

    Disadvantages of Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy)

    • A hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure that involves significant recovery time, discomfort, and, like all surgery, a small risk of death; especially abdominal hysterectomy (as it involves long incisions).
    • Studies have shown that the removal of the ovaries can bring about health problems of their own. The ovaries carry on producing hormones, such as estrogen, ovarian testosterone and androstenedione years after the menopause. Preserving the ovaries appears to reduce women’s risk for heart disease and hip fracture.
    • The emotional impact of having a uterus removed is often huge. If hormone therapy or other treatment can be used to prevent radical surgery, it would prevent emotional problems that some women experience after having a hysterectomy.
    • A complete hysterectomy may necessitate the taking of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). While several studies have found HRT in the short term to be beneficial, long-term use of HRT may bring about health problems of its own.
    • There are many women who encounter sexual dysfunction. It puts a pause on sex life for some time. If the ovaries are removed, your sexual desire decreases. That is because your ovaries produce testosterone and estrogen.

    How to Recover After Hysterectomy

    Patients need to take some specific measures to fast-track recovery after a hysterectomy surgery and minimize the risk of post-surgical complications. These include taking precautions and making lifestyle adjustments as suggested by the doctor. Here are some general tips for a faster recovery after hysterectomy:

    Manage pain and discomfort: It is normal for patients to experience post-surgical pain and discomfort. To ease the discomfort, they should take the prescribed pain medication and use heating pads or ice packs as necessary. Proper wound care instructions should also be followed to minimize the risk of infection.

    Take the doctor’s instructions carefully: The doctor provides specific recovery guidelines following the procedure. Patients should carefully follow these instructions, which may include adhering to medication schedules, making the necessary dietary restrictions, etc. 

    Maintain proper hydration: Staying well-hydrated by consuming an adequate amount of water during the recovery period after a uterus removal surgery is crucial. Sufficient hydration can help prevent constipation, aid in healing, and contribute to overall well-being.

    Eat a balanced diet: A nutritious diet plays a vital role in the recovery after a uterus removal surgery. Patients should focus on consuming foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Including lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats can really help in the recovery process and help maintain their overall health. 

    Allow for ample rest: Patients should prioritize adequate rest and give the body the time it requires to recover fully. They must avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities, and household chores until they are fully recovered or as advised by the doctor. Listening to the body’s signals and gradually increasing activity levels are recommended.

    Gradually increase physical activity: Starting with gentle activities like short walks, as directed by the doctor, is advised. Patients can gradually increase their activity level over time but should avoid heavy lifting or intense exercises until receiving clearance from the doctor.

    Opt for loose and comfortable clothing: Wearing loose-fitting clothes that don’t exert pressure on the incision site can be really helpful in preventing or easing discomfort after a uterus removal surgery. Patients must wear breathable fabrics and loose-fitting clothes. 

    Maintain good posture: Practicing proper posture while sitting, standing, and walking helps minimize strain on the abdominal muscles and supports healing.

    Attend all follow-up appointments: It is essential to attend all scheduled follow-up sessions with the doctor. These appointments monitor progress, address any concerns, and identify potential complications.

    By following these recovery tips, patients can speed up their healing process and ensure a smooth recovery after hysterectomy surgery.

    Faster Recovery after All Type of Hysterectomy

    To recover after a uterus removal surgery, patients need to take some precautions and follow specific guidelines. The duration of recovery varies for each individual, depending on factors such as surgical techniques employed and the patient’s overall health. Additionally, the length of hospital stay may differ from patient to patient.

    Recovery After a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

    The patient may typically be discharged home within 1 to 3 days following a thorough assessment of their condition. It usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks for complete recovery, and most women are able to resume work after this period. It’s important to note that the recovery time for an abdominal hysterectomy surgery may be longer compared to a laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomy surgery.

    Recovery After A Robotic Hysterectomy

    A hospital stay of 2 to 3 days is generally necessary after a robotic hysterectomy. Additional 3 to 4 weeks of rest at home is also required to ensure the best treatment outcomes and minimal complications. If the robotic hysterectomy is performed abdominally, the recovery period may be extended. On the other hand, recovery after a vaginal robotic-assisted uterus removal surgery tends to have a shorter duration. Patients can gradually resume their regular activities after this period.

    Recovery After An Open Hysterectomy 

    The total recovery time associated with open hysterectomy is generally higher compared to other methods. This is because open surgery for uterus removal is more invasive in nature. In most cases, a hospital stay of 5 days or more is necessary. Complete recovery after an open procedure for uterus removal can take approximately 6 to 8 weeks.

    Risk & Complications Associated with Hysterectomy

    Patients undergoing a hysterectomy should also be informed about the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. Uterus removal side effects and complications are more likely to occur in the case of abdominal hysterectomy, as it involves a large incision. Vaginal hysterectomy procedures tend to accompany a lower risk of complications. Similarly, complications are highly unlikely in the case of less-invasive hysterectomies. Educating oneself about the potential risks is a good way to be prepared for any uterus removal side effects that may arise. In addition, it also helps patients make an informed decision about undergoing the procedure. Even though the risk of complications is low as the surgery is generally performed with the utmost precision, they may still occur.

    Listed below are some complications that may occur after a uterus removal surgery:

    • Infection: Like any surgical procedure, there is a risk of developing an infection at the incision site or within the pelvic region. This risk can be minimized through proper preoperative preparation and postoperative care.
    • Heavy Bleeding: During or after the uterus removal surgery, there is a possibility of heavy bleeding. However, the surgical techniques used, such as the use of cauterization or sutures, aim to control bleeding and minimize this risk.
    • Injury to Other Organs: While rare, there is a slight possibility of unintentional damage to nearby organs, such as the bladder, ureters, or intestines, during the surgery. Surgeons take precautions to minimize this risk, but it is important to be aware of the potential for injury.
    • Blood Clots: Hysterectomy surgery can also increase the risk of developing blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolism). To manage these effects, preventive measures, such as early mobilization and the use of compression stockings or blood-thinning medications, may be suggested.
    • Anesthesia Complications: Anesthesia carries its own risks, which can include adverse reactions, breathing difficulties, or heart complications. However, the possibility of these infections is quite low, and they can be easily managed.
    • Bowel Blockage: In some cases, bowel movements may be affected following a hysterectomy surgery, leading to constipation or bowel blockage. This can usually be managed with dietary adjustments and medication if necessary.
    • Difficulty Urinating: Temporary difficulty or discomfort with urination is not uncommon after a hysterectomy, particularly if the bladder or urethra has been affected during the procedure. However, this is usually temporary and resolves with time.
    • Rare Complications: While extremely rare, there is a risk of serious, life-threatening complications such as severe infection, excessive bleeding, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. These instances are highly uncommon but may happen.

    Hysterectomy surgery procedures are generally quite safe, and most patients have a seamless treatment journey and experience. In case of uterus removal side effects, the patients must immediately reach out to their healthcare provider.

    Does Insurance Cover Hysterectomy Cost in India?

    Yes. Most insurance companies in India offer coverage for hysterectomy surgery, irrespective of the type of hysterectomy the patient is scheduled for. A hysterectomy or uterus removal surgery is only recommended in medically necessary scenarios, i.e., when the uterine issues can not be resolved through conservative methods and there’s a risk to the patient’s well-being. Therefore, patients can claim insurance for their uterus removal surgery. 

    The insurance coverage provided by different insurance companies for hysterectomy surgery varies. The amount one can claim may also differ based on the terms and conditions of the policy. So, it is important that the patient get a proper understanding of the coverage they’ll receive for their treatment from the insurance provider in advance. 

    At Pristyn Care, we provide complete assistance to patients in the insurance claim process so that they can claim the maximum amount for their hysterectomy surgery. To get your uterus removal surgery done at Pristyn Care, contact our team and schedule your appointment with our expert gynecologists. Call us today.

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    FAQs around Uterus Removal (Hysterectomy)

    Is hysterectomy (Uterus Removal Surgery) a standard treatment?

    About 300,000 women get hysterectomies in the United States each year. It’s the second most common surgery for women (after Cesarean section). (Source: Cleveland Clinic)

    Is hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) safe?

    A hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) is generally very safe, but with any major surgery comes the risk of complications. Common risks associated with an abdominal hysterectomy include blood clots and infection

    Risks and Complications associated with hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery)?

    As with any other surgery, a hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) can also lead to complications, such as:

    • bleeding
    • general complications associated with anesthesia
    • ureter damage
    • blood clots
    • infection
    • bladder and bowel damage
    • ovarian failure
    • vaginal problems

    How long does it take to recover after a hysterectomy?

    It takes about 6 to 8 weeks to fully recover after having an abdominal hysterectomy. The recovery times after a vaginal hysterectomy or laparoscopic hysterectomy are comparatively shorter. You should rest as much as possible during this time, not lift anything heavy, have your medicines on time, and follow your doctor’s advice diligently.

    What should I expect after having a Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy)?

    You may experience mild vaginal bleeding, cramping, and vaginal discharge after a hysterectomy. This may last up to 6 weeks of the surgery. In case of total hysterectomy where the ovaries would be removed, you might experience symptoms of menopause soon after. But if the ovaries are intact and are still making hormones, you may have hot flashes, mood swings, abdominal cramps etc.

    What are the alternatives to hysterectomy?

    If uterine fibroids are not causing any signs or symptoms, the doctor may suggest ‘watchful waiting’ and monitoring their status unless the problem becomes serious. But if the pain and discomfort increase, the patient can adopt less-invasive surgical methods to treat the condition of uterine fibroids.

    Can hysterectomy affect my sexuality?

    Hysterectomy (uterus removal surgery) involves the removal of the reproductive organs from a woman’s body. As such, after hysterectomy, a woman may experience decreased sexual pleasure while having intercourse or attaining orgasm. Failure to achieve an orgasm is one of the significant sexual problems after a hysterectomy.

    What happens to the space after a hysterectomy?

    After a hysterectomy, the body’s other organs move to fill the empty space. The small and large intestines move in to fill the empty spaces that were previously filled by the uterus.

    Do you have to be on bed rest after a hysterectomy?

    Yes, hysterectomy is a major surgical treatment; hence, patients need a good amount of bed rest after the procedure.

    Will I have a flat stomach after hysterectomy?

    Yes, there are chances that the belly flattens on its own after a hysterectomy.

    What is the Hysterectomy (Uterus Removal Surgery) Cost in India?

    An approximate cost of laparoscopic hysterectomy in India may range anywhere between INR 90000 to INR 122000.

    What is the advice for husbands after hysterectomy?

    Since hysterectomy is a major surgery, it is important for the male partners to be highly supportive of their wives throughout the course of their treatment and be available physically and emotionally. They should be prepared for the physical and emotional their partner will undergo and should be there to help them recover without hassles. When it comes to sex after a hysterectomy, it is likely for some women to experience a lowered sex drive following their uterus removal surgery. The husbands should understand it and figure out ways to make the sex life more happening. All in all, with some reassurance, care, and support, the male partners can help their beau recover from the surgery and cope with the surgery.

    Which surgery is the best for uterus removal?

    The doctors choose the type of surgery to be performed after a thorough assessment of the patient’s condition. For some patients, laparoscopic surgery may give the best outcomes, while for others, an open surgery may be necessary. Therefore, different surgical approaches work differently for patients. However, typically, vaginal and advanced robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomy surgeries are considered the most effective as they aren’t very invasive and accompany minimal complications, shorter recovery periods, and more precision.

    What to expect 4 months after hysterectomy?

    After 4 months of hysterectomy, most patients are fully recovered and are able to do all of their routine activities conveniently. There might be some fatigue and weakness, but it is common and isn’t a cause for concern.

    Do you have to be on bed rest after a hysterectomy?

    While complete bed rest isn’t mandatory after a hysterectomy, patients are advised to rest for at least 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery or till they’re fully recovered and fit to get back to their routine. Activities of any sort (walking, weight lifting, etc.) should be avoided for a few weeks following the surgery.

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