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What is hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus. A hysterectomy is done due to various reasons that vary from one patient to the other.

During the operation, your surgeon can decide to remove the uterus partially or completely. In certain cases, hysterectomy also involves removal of ovaries and cervix. Therefore, you should get clarity from your healthcare provider about what is exactly being removed. Different types of hysterectomy procedures are:

What are the different types of hysterectomy?

The surgical techniques used for hysterectomy are decided based on the health of the patient and reason for surgery.

Two broad categories are:

  1. Open surgery: This is a widely used approach to hysterectomy and is also known as abdominal hysterectomy. During an open surgery, the surgeon makes an incision across the abdomen and removes the uterus. You need to stay in the hospital for at least 2-3 days after the surgery.
  2. Minimally invasive surgery (MIP): This is further divided into different categories:

 What are the risks of hysterectomy?

Although hysterectomy does not pose any health risks or complications, it is still considered a major surgery that can cause some unpleasant symptoms. Some of these include:

How long is the recovery process after hysterectomy?

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What to expect after hysterectomy?

  • – Your doctor will advise you not to lift any heavy objects for at least six weeks after the surgery.
  • – If your hysterectomy involved removal of ovaries along with the uterus, you will enter the menopause stage.
  • – But if the ovaries are intact, you can reach the menopause stage much earlier than expected.
  •  – You will also be advised to not have sexual intercourse for a few weeks after the surgery.

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