Hysterectomies are carried out for various reasons, but most are done out of personal choice by the patient, across a wide span of age groups. As the procedure is irreversible, there is a lot to consider before beginning the path to a hysterectomy procedure, so take the time to read and consider the points below. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with our specialists today for any specific needs, questions, or more information.
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A hysterectomy is an operation performed on females that removes the womb from the body, thereby making it impossible to become pregnant from that point. This also prevents the body from having periods, if you have not already stopped having them due to menopause or a prior medical procedure. There are different types of hysterectomy -Abdominal, which involves an operation to remove your womb (uterus) through a cut in your abdomen (tummy) and Vaginal hysterectomy, an operation to remove your womb (uterus) through your vagina. The type of surgery applied will depend on the health and needs of the patient.
While it is rare for health complications to arise post-procedure, undergoing a hysterectomy is irreversible, and so should be given plenty of consideration beforehand.
Those who most often consider a hysterectomy are aged from late thirties to fifties, however there is usually no problem with younger women undergoing the procedure out of a choice to not have children. The number of hysterectomy surgeries has risen over the past decade, as the stigma around the procedure is beginning to dissipate, in recognition that there is nothing wrong with choosing not to have children.
A hysterectomy can also be recommended to treat other health issues, such as:
- Reproductive-System-Based Cancer
- Continuous genital or pelvic discomfort/pain
- Exceedingly heavy or painful periods
If you are experiencing these issues then speak to our staff to explore alternatives before proceeding with a hysterectomy.
The hysterectomy is a radical, invasive and irreversible procedure, so our specialists at Spencer Private Hospitals will only proceed a patient through the procedure fully if it is entirely a healthy choice to do so. This includes if the procedure is a choice, not particularly for untenable health reasons.
If a hysterectomy is a possibility due to health reasons, our specialists will first exhaust potential alternatives for treatment, such as:
- A change in diet
- Balloon thermoablation (for treating heavy periods, specifically)
- Myomectomy (which leaves the uterus intact)
- Mirena Coil
- Our team will consult with you on these alternatives before proceeding with a hysterectomy procedure.
As described in the above information, we will ensure to consult with you before proceeding with a hysterectomy, giving you the options of alternatives or recommending alternatives if experiencing health problems. Our team will schedule a health check with you when proceeding, and a qualified nurse will accompany you for advice, emotional support or other needs along each step.
Once the health check is complicated, you will be contacted with the results as soon as they are available, and at that point, a hysterectomy can be scheduled if there are no concerns about moving forward.
Upon arriving at one of our locations, a nurse will accompany you for all needs and support before you make your way to the operating theatre.
Once the surgery is complete, you will be able to relax in one of our private rooms, where staff will regularly check up on you and make themselves available for any pain relief, discomfort or emotional needs. During this period we will carry out post-surgery assessments and prescribe medicine / treatments for mitigating pain and other side-effects.
Once the surgery is complete, you will experience different levels of pain depending on the type of hysterectomy you have received, but rest assured that this pain will be mitigated by regular doses of medication and other pain relief. Each patient is different, but our specialists are prepared to recognise and treat different circumstances.
There may be some scarring depending on the type of hysterectomy applied, but your specialist will make you aware of this and other side-effects before undergoing surgery.
While rare, there are risks involved, as with any surgery. Risks and side-effects can include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Blood clots
- Pain during sex
- Anaesthesia-based issues during or immediately following surgery
Our specialists are qualified to anticipate and mitigate these risks and will ensure you are fully aware of any risks that may pose particular issues beforehand, as each patient is different. There may be some scarring depending on the type of hysterectomy applied, but your specialist will make you aware of this and other side-effects before undergoing surgery.
Pain during sex or a drop in testosterone can occur, although in most cases patients report having better sex following a hysterectomy, especially if carried out for health reasons.
Making an appointment with Spencer Private Hospitals is easy, and our helpful staff will take care of all your needs. We pride ourselves on giving our patients a high level of comfort.
You may write to us using our online contact form, or alternatively, call us on 01843 234 555 to begin your hysterectomy consultation at a time and place most suitable for you.
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- Its own comfortable bed and extra seating
- Menu, choice of food and alternatives provided by staff
- En-suite facilities
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