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HYSTERECTOMY

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy (the removal of a woman’s uterus) is used to treat the following:

Fibroids. More hysterectomies are done because of fibroids than any other problem of the uterus. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding or pain in some women.

Endometriosis. This happens when the tissue lining the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other pelvic or abdominal organs.

Uterine prolapse. This is when the uterus moves from its usual place down into the vagina. This can lead to urinary problems, pelvic pressure, or difficulty with bowel movements.

Cancer. If you have cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovary a hysterectomy may be part of the treatment your doctor recommends.

Abnormal uterine bleeding. If your periods are heavy, not regular, or last for many days each cycle and nonsurgical methods have not helped to control bleeding, a hysterectomy will bring relief.

Chronic pelvic pain. Surgery is a last resort for women who have chronic pelvic pain that clearly comes from the uterus. However, many forms of pelvic pain aren’t cured by a hysterectomy, and so this approach can be a permanent mistake.

If you have fibroids, endometriosis or uterine prolapsed there may be other treatments to try prior to having a hysterectomy. Talk to your doctor. Other treatments include:

Drug therapy. Certain medications may lighten heavy uterine bleeding or correct uterine bleeding that is not regular. Certain medications can help with endometriosis.

Endometrial ablation. If you have heavy or irregular uterine bleeding, this procedure might ease your symptoms. With a special device, a doctor uses electricity, heat, or cold to destroy the lining of your uterus and stop uterine bleeding.

Uterine artery embolization. For treating fibroids, this procedure involves blocking the blood supply to the tumors. Without blood, the fibroids shrink over time, which can reduce pain and heavy bleeding.

Myomectomy. If you have fibroid tumors, this surgical procedure removes the tumors while leaving your uterus intact. There’s a risk that the tumors could come back.

Vaginal pessary. This is an object inserted into the vagina to hold the uterus in place. It may be used as a temporary or permanent form of treatment. Vaginal pessaries come in many shapes and sizes, and they must be fitted for each woman individually.

Fibroids. More hysterectomies are done because of fibroids than any other problem of the uterus. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding or pain in some women.

Endometriosis. This happens when the tissue lining the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other pelvic or abdominal organs.

Uterine prolapse. This is when the uterus moves from its usual place down into the vagina. This can lead to urinary problems, pelvic pressure, or difficulty with bowel movements.

Cancer. If you have cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovary a hysterectomy may be part of the treatment your doctor recommends.

Abnormal uterine bleeding. If your periods are heavy, not regular, or last for many days each cycle and nonsurgical methods have not helped to control bleeding, a hysterectomy will bring relief.

Chronic pelvic pain. Surgery is a last resort for women who have chronic pelvic pain that clearly comes from the uterus. However, many forms of pelvic pain aren’t cured by a hysterectomy, and so this approach can be a permanent mistake.

If you have fibroids, endometriosis or uterine prolapsed there may be other treatments to try prior to having a hysterectomy. Talk to your doctor. Other treatments include:

Drug therapy. Certain medications may lighten heavy uterine bleeding or correct uterine bleeding that is not regular. Certain medications can help with endometriosis.

Endometrial ablation. If you have heavy or irregular uterine bleeding, this procedure might ease your symptoms. With a special device, a doctor uses electricity, heat, or cold to destroy the lining of your uterus and stop uterine bleeding.

Uterine artery embolization. For treating fibroids, this procedure involves blocking the blood supply to the tumors. Without blood, the fibroids shrink over time, which can reduce pain and heavy bleeding.

Myomectomy. If you have fibroid tumors, this surgical procedure removes the tumors while leaving your uterus intact. There’s a risk that the tumors could come back.

Vaginal pessary. This is an object inserted into the vagina to hold the uterus in place. It may be used as a temporary or permanent form of treatment. Vaginal pessaries come in many shapes and sizes, and they must be fitted for each woman individually.