5 Reasons to Consider a Hysterectomy

Nearly half a million women in the United States alone elect to have a hysterectomy every year. When you undergo surgery, your life could change significantly, or you may hardly notice any difference. The process is done for several reasons, including treating uterine fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, and endometriosis. Depending on your age and the type of hysterectomy you chose to undergo, recovery periods may vary significantly.

At OBGYN Care of Oklahoma located in Oklahoma City, Shaurin Patel, MD, can help you determine if a hysterectomy is right for you. Dr. Patel is an expert OB/GYN who specializes in treating a variety of conditions with this minimally invasive gynecologic procedure. 

What is hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a common surgical procedure that involves removing the uterus and sometimes the cervix. A total hysterectomy includes the removal of both the cervix and the uterus. A partial hysterectomy leaves the cervix in place. A radical hysterectomy would remove all additional structures around the uterus and on top of the vaginal. Dr. Patel recommends this process to patients who have certain cancer diagnoses. 

After the procedure, you can not get pregnant. Because hysterectomies are usually a last-resort option, you should consult with Dr. Patel about your concerns and reasons for wanting one. 

Here are some reasons to get a hysterectomy 

Many women prefer to wait until after they've had children to undergo a hysterectomy. However, you shouldn't put off the procedure if waiting could lead to additional complications. Before the procedure, Dr. Patel consults with you to determine if a hysterectomy is right for you. Here are some common reasons why people choose hysterectomy surgery. 

  1. Endometriosis 

Endometriosis is a condition that can cause painful periods, pelvic pain, or irregular vaginal bleeding. It can also lead to infertility in some cases. When endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes, it can cause extreme pain. Before recommending a hysterectomy, Dr. Patel suggests hormone therapy and other medical procedures that can remove endometrial tissue. 

  1. Infection 

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a bacterial infection that can cause extreme pelvic pain. If it's found early enough, antibiotics can address the condition before it spreads to your uterus. In more severe cases, a hysterectomy is the most effective option.

  1. Uterine fibroids 

Noncancerous growths that form in your uterus are also known as uterine fibroids. These fibroids can contribute to heavy bleeding and uterine pain. Although these growths are benign, they are the most common reason women have hysterectomy surgery. Talk to Dr. Patel about other less invasive alternatives like medications or a myomectomy, which leaves the uterus intact. 

  1. Cancer 

About 10 percent of all hysterectomies are due to endometrial, cervical, and uterine cancers. Hysterectomies are part of cancer treatment for women suffering from cancers of the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well. Depending upon the type of cancer you have and your overall health, other options like chemotherapy and radiation may be recommended. The surgery can help if you have a precancerous condition or if you're at an increased risk for developing cancer in the future. 

  1. Uterine prolapse 

Hysterectomies can treat uterine prolapse, a problem that happens when pelvic muscles become weak. When the uterus sinks into the vagina, pregnancy childbirth, age, obesity, and declining estrogen can all be contributing factors. Uterine prolapse is not a problem for every woman; this is why it's essential to consult with Dr. Patel. He can help you decide which procedure is most appropriate for you. 

If you need help deciding whether you should get hysterectomy surgery, call our office or book an appointment online.

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