Getting a hysterectomy is usually the last thing any woman wants to do. But if you’re having severe pain, discomfort, or uterine bleeding, or complications, it can be a load off your shoulders, and we can help.
If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve already tried everything else, and after all that, getting a hysterectomy might not be as bad as you think.
At Northside Gynaecology, we have a wealth of treatment options available for getting rid of the painful symptoms and excess bleeding caused by complex menstrual cycles.
However, when these treatment options prove ineffective, or in the case of a cancerous growth, we put the highest priority on making eliminating the cause of the problem.
Good Reasons to Consider a Hysterectomy
Most hysterectomies we perform are for non-cancerous diseases and conditions.
Other common reasons include:
- Uterine fibroids – painful growths in the uterus that cause major discomfort, heavy periods, and other difficult to manage side effects.
- Unexplained heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding.
- Prolapse of the uterus – Due to weakness in the vaginal walls, the uterus and cervix may protrude into the vagina, causing complications.
Although a Hysterectomy is a life-changing surgery, it can lead to tremendous relief, which would otherwise be impossible. This is especially true if many other treatment options have been unsuccessful.
There are three types of hysterectomies:
As the name implies, the vaginal hysterectomy happens through the vagina. It is one of the more common forms of hysterectomies, and has the shortest recovery time.
If a vaginal hysterectomy cannot be performed, a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy is another option. It has a lower in-hospital stay and recovery time than the third option below. In this case, a thin telescope-like tube is inserted through small incisions in the abdomen in order to perform the procedure.
Abdominal hysterectomy is the most invasive of the three, with an in-hospital stay of 3-5 days generally required post-surgery. After the in-hospital stay, full recovery may take 4-6 weeks.
Even in the case of an abdominal hysterectomy, the lasting relief more than makes up for the temporary discomfort.