3 Hysterectomy Myths, Debunked
Whether you have severe endometriosis, fibroids, or a form of uterine or cervical cancer, a hysterectomy may be recommended by your OB GYN. Even though it can be a somewhat life-changing surgery, especially if you hoped to bear children in the future, you can still enjoy your life after a hysterectomy. If you are considering this surgery, understanding the truth behind a few common myths is helpful.
Hysterectomy Only for Elderly Women
One of the most common myths people believe is that a hysterectomy is only for elderly women. In reality, women of all ages have had or will have this procedure.
While shocking to learn, women between the ages of 40 and 45 are most at risk of needing a hysterectomy. This need may be due to intense cramping, heavy periods, and discomfort – related to various disorders of the female reproductive procedure.
Not a Woman After a Hysterectomy
Another common myth people believe is that women are not longer women after a hysterectomy. Again, this is entirely not true.
Depending on the type of hysterectomy you have, the surgery will remove the entire uterus, cervix, and fallopian tubes in some instances. However, removing these parts of the reproductive system does not mean you are no longer a female.
Do not worry about the surgery changing who you are as a person, since the procedure only removes organs that are causing you medical issues.
Recovering from a Hysterectomy Is Timely and Difficult
Finally, you may think you cannot handle the recover from a hysterectomy, but the time and difficulty of the recovery depends on the type of surgery you have.
Today, there are many options to consider including an invasive full hysterectomy and a minimally-invasive hysterectomy. Discussing which option is right for you with your doctor is best.
A complete invasive hysterectomy may involve a large incision in the abdomen. Because of this larger incision, a longer recovery may be necessary. The recovery is similar to the recovery after a caesarean section in most cases.
A minimally-invasive hysterectomy that involves removal of the reproductive parts through the vaginal opening. Most women are able to leave the hospital within a few days after the procedure.
A laprascopic hysterectomy is also one to consider if you are a candidate. This procedure offers the least invasive option, so it is the best surgery if you want to recovery in the shortest amount of time.
Understanding the hysterectomy is key if you are considering the surgery for your own health and wellness. This guide and your gynecologist will answer some of your questions.