Hysterectomy is only really necessary in cases when cancer (of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes) is involved, to stop hemorrhage, uterine prolapse and very few other cases. In the case of fibroids, it may be necessary to stymie heavy bleeding caused by fibroids, if the fibroids are so large that they are pressing against vital organs, this can be so serious as to require a hysterectomy. Very rarely (<1%) are fibroids cancerous.
Unfortunately there are too many women with fibroids having hysterectomies when there are other methods that would be just as effective. So before you opt for a hysterectomy, do make sure that it is the last option after considering other alternatives.
In addition, there are many types of hysterectomies as well as different methods of performing a hysterectomy. If you do opt for a hysterectomy, you and your doctor can come up with the best type and method.
What is a partial hysterectomy?
A total hysterectomy involves the removal of the entire uterus and the cervix. The cervix is the narrow structure with an inch long canal which connects the lower end of the uterus to the upper portion of the vagina. A radical hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, cervix, upper vagina as well as parametrium.
A partial hysterectomy involves the removal of the body of the uterus while leaving the cervix intact. There are many ways of performing a partial hysterectomy including by making an incision slightly above the pubic bone and removing the uterus, through the vagina, through incisions made in the abdomen and so on and so forth.
Other procedures may also be performed with a hysterectomy including oophorectomy (surgical removal of one or both ovaries) and salpingectomy (surgical removal of one or both fallopian tubes.)
Many of the problems after partial hysterectomy are the same across the board regardless of the type of the hysterectomy performed including those mentioned here, but some additional problems relating to a partial hysterectomy include but are not limited to;
- When the cervix remains intact, there is the continued risk of cervical cancer which all women face unless they have a total or radical hysterectomy. A partial hysterectomy does not increase the risk of cervical cancer.
- Emotional issues due to the drastic hormonal changes that occur after a hysterectomy including anxiety, mood swings, depression, nervousness, etc.
- Despite the ovaries being intact, a partial hysterectomy may trigger early (surgical) menopause due to reduced blood blow to the ovaries which decreases estrogen levels drastically.
- Various complications because this is major surgery and well as other complications discussed further here.
The above are only a few of the common problems after partial hysterectomy that many women encounter. But as I keep mentioning over and over, do not think that a hysterectomy is your only option. There are many other less drastic surgical procedures as well as non-invasive procedures. In addition, many women are turning to the holistic approach to not only treat fibroids but to also help prevent them from returning, including the holistic guide reviewed here.