Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus. This surgical procedure is carried out when other treatments have not resulted in any desired improvements.

Hysterectomy can be used for either non-cancerous or cancerous diseases. There are several reasons for hysterectomy including:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Prolapse of the uterus
  • Enlarged Uterus
  • Heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding.
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID).
  • Gynaecological cancers

All hysterectomies include the removal of the uterus, but the type of procedure used, and what else is removed often depends on the condition being treated. There are 4 main types of Hysterectomy which are listed below

Hysterectomy can be performed in different ways based on the patient’s history and conditions. These different methods are listed below:

  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Abdominal hysterectomy
  • Vaginal hysterectomy

Recovery period after hysterectomy depends on the patient’s age, general condition, and the type of hysterectomy performed and can take up to 6 weeks.

Most hysterectomy procedures are uncomplicated. As with any surgical procedure there can be several complications after a hysterectomy. These complications include: infection, bleeding, blood clots in legs and in lungs, injury to inside organs such as the bladder, bowel and ureters. Very rarely, after a hysterectomy, women can develop new onset bladder issues, however they typically respond to medication.