Hysterectomy—it's a word that many women seem to fear. However, this surgery helps many patients with chronic gynecological issues that are unsolvable via medications or other less invasive therapies. At CornerStone MD in Dallas, TX Dr. Carolyn Ross Riley performs hysterectomies using the latest in diagnostic, imaging, and surgical techniques. Read below to find the answers to all your questions about this common procedure, and call Cornerstone MD if you are interested in undergoing treatment.
1. What is a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is a serious gynecological surgery which removes a woman's reproductive organs—i.e. the uterus and, if necessary, the ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
2. Why would a woman need a hysterectomy? A hysterectomy is recommended when a woman has a prolapsed uterus, extreme pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or cancer of the uterus or cervix (the neck of the uterus).
3. Is the surgery reversible? A hysterectomy is not reversible. As such, Dr. Ross Riley will not perform the procedure on a young woman in her childbearing years unless there is a cancer diagnosis or other very serious medical condition which cannot be addressed with other treatment options.
4. How does it affect fertility? A hysterectomy renders a woman infertile.
5. How long does recovery take? Depending on the procedure's specifics, recovery takes up to 8 weeks. Hospital stays depend on your procedure as well.
6. What are the side effects of a hysterectomy? Constipation and minor incontinence are temporary side effects, and many patients have a vaginal discharge for several weeks afterward. Vaginal dryness is very common, too,
7. What is surgical menopause? It is a major side effect of hysterectomy when performed on a woman who has not yet reached menopause. Symptoms include hot flashes and vaginal dryness as are typical of menopause reached naturally.
8. How common is this surgery? The Women's Health division of the Illinois Department of Public Health says that about one third of American women undergo hysterectomies by the time they turn 60 years of age
9. What's the best source of information about hysterectomies? Dr. Ross Riley and her team encourage their prospective hysterectomy patients to be well-informed about this surgery or any women's health topic. They are very willing to answer the questions that you have so you feel comfortable and well-prepared for your operation.
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