What is a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus with or without the removal of the ovaries and cervix.  There are several different types of hysterectomy; abdominal, vaginal, laparoscopically assisted vaginal or laparoscopic.

Conditions associated with having a hysterectomy:-

  • Painful periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Chronic pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Cancer of cervix, uterus or ovaries

A hysterectomy is considered if less radical treatments listed below are unsuitable or have failed:-

  • minor surgery like TCRE, balloon ablation, hydrothermal ablation destroys the lining of the uterus reduces or stops heavy periods
  • mirena coil (hormone releasing intrauterine device to treat heavy periods)
  • myomectomy which is surgery to remove fibroids
  • uterine artery embolisation treats fibroids
  • hormone treatment and surgical treatment for endometriosis



Why have a hysterectomy?

The vast majority of women who have a hysterectomy for a genuine reason have a vastly improved quality of life afterwards and wish they had had it done much sooner.

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