As mentioned previously on this website, the hysterectomy is the most popular surgical procedure performed in women after the Cesarean section each year and most of the cases involve women with fibroids. But as has been found by research studies, only about 10 percent or so of hysterectomies performed each year are medically necessary (cancer, life threatening heavy bleeding, etc) which is an unbelievable statistic. Costing upwards of $10,000, it is also big business which is one of the reasons some doctors (not all) will are eager to perform it and is always their first suggestion.
While some women who opt for a hysterectomy even when they know it is not medically necessary have been found to be happy with their decision, there are more who were ignorant to the fact that there are alternatives to surgery and the hysterectomy should not have been the first option no matter what the doctor said.
While you can certainly choose to have a hysterectomy, it should be done once you have all information about this procedure as well as being aware of alternatives to this surgery if you have fibroids especially if you still want to have children in the future. Some of the information you need to be aware of about this procedure involve the common complaints after a hysterectomy that many women have.
It is important to remember that since this is a major medical procedure, there is always a risk of death, infection, etc during or after this procedure. Some of these risks can be reduced but not eliminated by ensuring that if you have this procedure, that you make sure that you are in your best health despite whatever medical issue you are dealing with that you are hoping a hysterectomy will solve. Being in your best health will also help speed up your recovery. So if you are a smoker, you need to quit. If you are overweight, you may need to get your weight under control first and so on and so forth.
Of course a hysterectomy will solve your fibroids problem completely because once you don’t have a uterus, there will no longer be a place for uterine fibroids to grow which is a benefit compared to other surgical procedures such as the myomectomy which does not prevent fibroids from returning because the uterus still remains. But do you really want to go that far to be free of fibroids?
- As mentioned previously, this is a major medical procedure and besides the risk of death or infection, heavy bleeding during and after this procedure is one of the complications of a hysterectomy. This bleeding can be so severe that you would need a blood transfusion to survive and this severe bleeding usually occurs in about 10 percent of these procedures. And you may need additional surgical procedures to repair any damaged blood vessel.
- Early menopause (surgical menopause) is one of the significant hysterectomy complications that are experienced by most if not all women who have a hysterectomy because of a lack of ovaries. Even when ovaries are not removed during certain types of hysterectomies, this procedure seems to trigger some form of early menopause in these women.
- Another of the common complaints after a hysterectomy is experiencing intimacy issues. About 20 percent of women who have had a hysterectomy report a negative impact on their ability to become physically intimate with their partner.
- While rare, there is always a risk that life threatening blood clots can develop in the legs and travel to the brain and lungs.
- Another of the hysterectomy complications is vaginal vault prolapse when the vagina is not properly secured after the uterus is removed causing it to prolapse (fall down and out).
- There is also a risk of internal organs damage through accidental injury while the surgeon is performing this procedure.
- You may need further surgery if you experience a hernia or rapture in the abdominal wall.
- While rare, a prolapse of the fallopian tube can be one of the complications of a hysterectomy leading to a watery discharge, pelvic pain, etc.
- Scarring is normal after a surgical procedure but some people naturally do not heal very well even when they use a highly skilled surgeon who tries to create “good scars”. Some people can develop external and internal bad scars including keloids which may need to be surgically removed.
- If the ovaries are not removed during certain types of hysterectomies, there is always a chance that you will develop residual ovarian syndrome which results in the formation of a mass as well as dealing with pelvic pain.
These are just a few of the common complaints after a hysterectomy. If you do opt to have this surgical procedure to deal with your fibroids issue, do make sure that it is your last resort after trying other methods including the methods set forth in the holistic Fibroids Miracle guide. Most women don’t need a hysterectomy to overcome fibroids and this guide can help. Find out more about this proven guide, here.