HysterectomyHysterectomy: One in five women will have had their womb removed. This usually is the norm for women around the age of 55. A hysterectomy may be suggested as a solution to help women with heaving bleeding from periods. Other health matters may suggest this operation as an alternative. Simply explained All revolves around the female reproductive organs, a system which includes the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The uterus is a pear-shaped muscular organ about the size of a clenched fist. Positioned in the middle of the pelvis.

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The uterus lining (the endometrium) often sheds to produce monthly periods.

The uterus is divided into two parts—the corpus which is the chief organ and the cervix at the bottom where it meets the vagina. The fallopian tubes are attached to the two upper corners of the uterus. The fallopian tubes end close to the ovaries. Before making any rash decisions to finalise a hysterectomy think before opting for surgery, unless necessary.

Reasons for a hysterectomy is heavy bleeding. Blood clots and pain are factors considered before surgery goes ahead. Some women who bleed heavy have no detectable pelvic disease. Heavy bleeding is normally caused by hormonal imbalance, fibroids or thyroid disease.

The menstrual cycle is controlled by a complex system of hormones. The type and amount changing throughout the cycle. Occasionally hormones levels get disrupted causing irregular heavy bleeding. Study states stress can affect hormone levels when periods become non-existent, or bleeding gets heavier. Hormone irregularities happen more as we get older. You only have to use the menopause as an example.

Hysterectomy means removing of the uterus. Removal can include the cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. However removing these through surgery will depend on the severity of the condition. The uterus is either removed through a cut in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy) or through the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy).

Women fear the operation because of the risks. But doesn’t this apply to all surgeries? Ask your doctor or gynaecologist before surgery to explain what the operation entails. Ask about before and after care.

A speedy recovery is expected by eating healthy food. Stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery. Hysterectomy surgery and pelvic floor repair are usually carried out under a general anaesthetic. Not a common but has been done with an epidural injection. (About HRT)

Expect a catheter fitted to drain urine flow and anticipate pain. A drip will administer into your body pain relief. Don’t exert yourself. To help improve blood circulation get out of bed if you can.