What is hysterectomy?
A common type of surgery for women, hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. In removing your uterus, you are no longer able to become pregnant.
Why is hysterectomy done?
Hysterectomy is used to treat many women’s health conditions, including:
- Pelvic support problems
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancer and more
Are there alternatives to hysterectomy?
It depends. You may want to try non-surgical options first or “watch and wait” to see if your condition improves on its own. If you choose another option other than hysterectomy, you may need additional treatment later.
What structures are removed during a hysterectomy?
The different types are:
- Total: The entire uterus, including the cervix, is removed.
- Supracervical (also called subtotal or partial): The upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left in place. This type of surgery can be performed laparoscopically or abdominally.
- Radical: This is a total hysterectomy that also includes removal of structures around the uterus. It may be recommended if cancer is diagnosed or suspected.
Please note, other organs besides the cervix and uterus may be removed during a total hysterectomy. For instance, the ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed if they are abnormal (e.g., affected by endometriosis).
How is the procedure performed?
A hysterectomy can be done in different ways: through the vagina, through the abdomen, or with laparoscopy. The choice will depend on why you are having the surgery and other factors. Sometimes, the decision is made after the surgery begins and the surgeon is able to see whether other problems are present.
Learn more about hysterectomy in Austin at Lotus
At Lotus, we help women take control of their reproductive health. For more information, or to schedule an appointment to discuss options for your particular concern, contact Lotus at (512) 716-0971 or fill out the form below.