If you have chronic pelvic pain or untreatable heavy uterine bleeding, you may be a candidate for a hysterectomy. At Midatlantic OBGYN in Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia, the team uses the latest laparoscopic techniques to perform hysterectomies. They also provide customized follow-up care to protect your overall health. Schedule a consultation at the Midatlantic OBGYN office nearest you to learn more about your options for a hysterectomy or request an appointment online today.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove your uterus and possibly other reproductive structures. If your Midatlantic OBGYN surgeon is only removing your uterus and cervix, the procedure is known as a total hysterectomy. In a radical hysterectomy, surgery focuses on removing the uterus, cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes.
Following a hysterectomy, you can no longer support a pregnancy, and you won’t have a monthly period anymore.
The team at Midatlantic OBGYN specializes in laparoscopic hysterectomy techniques, using only small incisions to access and remove your uterus.
A hysterectomy is typically a last resort for addressing reproductive health issues that aren’t treatable with less invasive therapies.
Some reasons you may need a hysterectomy include:
If you have cancer of the uterus, ovaries, or cervix, your Midatlantic OBGYN provider may recommend a hysterectomy to prevent the spread of cancerous cells.
To determine if you’re a candidate for a hysterectomy, the team at Midatlantic OBGYN reviews your existing health and the other treatments you’ve tried to address your condition. They take into consideration many factors before recommending a hysterectomy, such as your age, plans for a family, and the severity of your symptoms.
After your hysterectomy, you can expect to recover for a day or two in a hospital under careful supervision. It’s normal to feel some pain in the first few days after surgery, and your Midatlantic OBGYN provider can recommend over-the-counter medications to ease the pain so you can get enough rest.
For the first six weeks, you may need to avoid strenuous activities, such as heavy lifting. Your Midatlantic OBGYN provider can suggest the right time to resume sex, the use of tampons, and moderate exercise.
If your ovaries were removed during your hysterectomy, you may also benefit from hormone replacement therapy. This therapy stabilizes your hormone levels as you move into menopause and can help prevent the side effects like hot flashes and weight gain. You may also need supplemental hormones to reduce your risk for osteoporosis due to the loss of estrogen.
To find out if a hysterectomy is right for you, schedule a consultation with the team at Midatlantic OBGYN by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online today.