Hysterectomy - Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Hysterectomy Details

Hysterectomy is a procedure that involves the removal of a part of the uterus or complete uterus, or ovaries, or fallopian tubes as well. This can be required for a patient who has developed fibroids in the uterus, has uterine cancer, cystic ovaries etc. The procedure is not life threatening, however is considered to be a major surgery to be performed on a female body. It is the duty of your doctor to avoid hysterectomy in younger age as it eliminates your chances to become a biological mother of a child and also disturbs the levels of sex hormones in your body. 

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Before Hysterectomy

Your doctor needs to perform diagnostic tests before carrying out the surgery. The tests reveal the condition of uterus and if the problem can be treated with the help of medication or not. If the doctor decides to carry out the procedure on you, then you should start taking the prescribed medication and follow the routine that has been prescribed by your doctor. It is always advisable not to eat several hours before the surgery.

How it is performed

Your doctor decides upon the type of surgery that you need to undergo depending on the physical and physiological condition of your body. Hysterectomy can be performed through a laparoscope, through vagina or by making an incision in the lower abdomen. If complete hysterectomy is to be carried out, then your doctor will remove the entire uterus along with both the ovaries and fallopian tubes. In partial hysterectomy which is advised to younger candidates, doctors generally remove the uterus and do not remove the ovaries. After the surgery has been performed you are kept under observation for a couple of hours to check for any internal or external bleeding. Once your breathing and heart rate are stable, you will be shifted to the ward. Depending upon the type of procedure, your stay in the hospital will vary from 4 to 8 days.


Hysterectomy is a major surgery and you should be following up with your doctor constantly. Follow the exercise regime to tone up the muscles of the pelvis and take hormonal supplements if required. You can resume your sexual life after 4 to 6 weeks of the surgery. The only change that you might feel in your body is less sensitivity inside the vagina, drier vagina etc. These can be improved by the pelvic exercise and by the using of over the counter lubricants.

Potential Risks

There is no major risk associated with hysterectomy. Your doctor will send the excised organ for biopsy to check for any cancerous tissue. If the reports are normal, medication will continue to help the wounds heal faster and eliminate the risk of infections. Another problem can be internal bleeding, the issue has been eliminated mostly because of more sophisticated techniques being used to perform the surgery and for using sutures for closing the wounds.

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