5 Reasons to Consider a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus and sometimes the cervix. While a hysterectomy is usually a last resort, there are a number of reasons why getting one may be the best option. 

If you need a hysterectomy, the caring surgeons at Southeast Urogyn can perform a variety of procedures, including laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies. Modern procedures are very safe, and new techniques can minimize visible scarring. Read on to learn five reasons why getting a hysterectomy may be necessary.

1. Uterine fibroids

These benign growths are the most common reason women get hysterectomy surgery. Growing in the muscles of the uterus, these tumors don’t always cause symptoms in women. Unfortunately, in some women, they can lead to uterine pain or contribute to heavy bleeding. In fact, women with uterine fibroids can experience bleeding even after menopause.

2. Cancer

A hysterectomy is often part of a woman’s cancer treatment, particularly for endometrial, cervical, and uterine cancers, as well as cancers of the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Hysterectomies performed to remove cancer account for about 10% of all hysterectomy procedures. Other treatments may also accompany surgery, such as radiation and chemotherapy.

3. Endometriosis

The endometrium is the lining of the inside of the uterus. Sometimes, endometrial tissue can grow outside of the uterus, such as on the ovaries or fallopian tubes. This condition is called endometriosis. Endometriosis can cause painful menstrual periods, irregular vaginal bleeding, and other pelvic pain. It can also lead to the inability to conceive.

4. Endometrial hyperplasia

Hyperplasia describes the enlargement of an organ. Endometrial hyperplasia involves the abnormal thickening of the endometrium. While it’s not a malignant condition, it can lead to uterine cancer in some women. Thought to stem from excesses of estrogen in the body, endometrial hyperplasia usually causes abnormal vaginal bleeding.

5. Uterine prolapse

Pregnancy, childbirth, age, obesity, and declining estrogen can each contribute to the weakening of the pelvic muscles. When pelvic muscles are weakened, the uterus can sink down into the vagina, a condition called uterine prolapse. While not a problem for every woman, sometimes a hysterectomy is recommended to treat the condition. 

The decision to have a hysterectomy is typically made between a woman and her OB/GYN. The specialists at Southeast Urogyn are hysterectomy specialists, and they can help guide you through your options, including laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies.

To learn more about hysterectomies and to get help in deciding whether you should get one, book an appointment over the phone with Southeast Urogyn today.

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