Conventional treatment methods for the removal of uterine fibroids usually involves surgery and by far the most common is a hysterectomy. More than half a million hysterectomies are being performed each year and uterine fibroid removal is the most common health problem associated with these hysterectomies being performed.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy relates to the surgical removal of the uterus which then leads to the end of the menstrual cycle.
A hysterectomy also results in the inability to ever have children after the surgery since there is now no uterus in the body which is necessary for a woman to be able to carry a child.
The reason that many doctors commonly suggested a hysterectomy for uterine fibroid treatment was that it is a permanent solution to fibroid treatment and prevention as without a uterus, uterine fibroids cannot develop after the procedure.
This is the surgical removal of only the body of the uterus but not the cervix.
Total removal of the entire uterus and the cervix.
When this procedure is performed, an oophorectomy (removal of one of both ovaries) and/or a salpingectomy (removal of one or both of the fallopian tubes) may be performed at the same time as a hysterectomy.
To perform a hysterectomy, the doctor may remove the uterus and cervix through the vagina or by making a small incision through the abdomen which may lead to an unsightly scar and an increased recovery time. When performed through the vagina, the top of the vagina is stitched back together after removal of the uterus and cervix which leaves no visible scar externally and the recovery time is much less.
Other Common Ailments Besides Fibroids Associated with Having a Hysterectomy
- Uterine cancer
- Uterine prolapse when the uterus falls from its normal position
This is major elective surgery that can cost upwards of $4,000.
1. As with any surgical procedure, the risk that things may not go according to plan is always present.
2. Severe bleeding may occur during and after the procedure.
3. When the cervix is also removed along with the uterus, it requires cutting into the back of the vagina which can later cause a vaginal vault prolapse when the back of the vagina (the vault) falls out through the front requiring another surgery.
4. Bowels may suffer injury during the procedure.
5. You may discover that you have bladder function problems after the surgery and may develop a fistula.
6. Lower libido may result although this has not been conclusively proven. Women who have had this procedure done may still be able to achieve arousal and an orgasm during sexual intercourse.
7. Weight gain has also been reported by many women although this is also unproven conclusively.
8. Surgery may lead to early menopause.
9. Emotional problems may result as some women may feel less feminine without the female reproductive organs. Some may view this surgery as the equivalent of male castration.
While many doctors may jump to the conclusion that you need a hysterectomy to solve the problems of hysterectomy especially if you are past child-bearing age, it is a very serious procedure with long-term effects.
This surgical procedure should NEVER be the first option unless your life is at risk. It should only be considered when all other options including the natural treatment of fibroids have failed.
While some doctors may still believe that you do not need your uterus and cervix if you happen to be past child-bearing age, it is important to do your own research before agreeing to this surgical procedure into other treatment options that may work more effectively for you without the long-term effects of a hysterectomy.
Even when you are past child-bearing age and researching fibroids and hysterectomy, the uterus and ovaries still continue to perform many health enhancing functions in every woman’s life through the hormones that they release including estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, etc.
See also Treating Uterine Fibroids Through Conventional Methods for other surgical alternatives that may leave the uterus and cervix intact while removing the fibroid tumors.