Removing The Pain

One of the most common surgeries that a woman will face during her lifetime is a hysterectomy, which can, in many women’s eyes, seem like a procedure that stops life in its tracks and signifies the end of youthful vitality and femininity. It’s an unfortunate viewpoint, one that could easily be altered by proper presentation of the facts.

Cutting To The Questions

So just what is a hysterectomy, and what happens afterwards? To define it simply, a hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus when such treatment is deemed medically necessary. Admittedly, no surgery is without risks or negatives that seem to run in opposition of the positives; but for many women, a hysterectomy offers an opportunity to take a painful situation and make it a hopeful one, a chance for a new future free from suffering.

The most common reasons for a hysterectomy include endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse, the growth of fibroid tumors, and cancer. It’s been proven to be extremely effective in providing relief from such urogynecological issues as these, which often can be debilitating if left unaddressed. Fortunately for women who fear traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery has become a viable alternative, and many specialists such as urogynecologists are taking advantage of these innovative procedures to offer their patients a solution that requires less recovery time and causes less trauma, even as it ensures greater accuracy.

Going, Going….Gone

There are, of course, noticeable changes in the body that occur once the uterus has been removed. In cases where the ovaries are not removed, a hysterectomy will not affect the hormone functions controlled by the ovaries. Women whose ovaries are removed at the same time as the uterus, however, will often experience hot flashes; lower libido; and mood changes due to the fact that estrogen production has been affected by the removal of the ovaries, though these symptoms are generally relieved by hormone replacement therapy. Fertility is also affected, and women of child-bearing age who undergo a hysterectomy will have to explore alternative options if they want children.

Naturally, every woman is unique and will react differently to a hysterectomy, but a specialist will be able to answer any questions or concerns that might arise as the viability of the surgery is explored. It may seem a daunting decision, but the benefits that can come from a hysterectomy can be life altering especially to women for whom living has simply become coping.

Remove the barrier of pain from your life! Consult with Dr. Michael Coyle and his caring staff at Coyle Institute today!