After cesarean deliveries, a hysterectomy is the most common major surgical operation performed on women in the United States. In many cases, the ovaries are removed at the same time as the uterus.
This elective surgery is a potential option if you no longer want to become pregnant or are experiencing one of the following gynecological disorders:
Dysfunctional Uterine and Post-Menopausal Bleeding
Defined as excessive vaginal bleeding without a specific cause, dysfunctional uterine bleeding is a major reason for hysterectomies.
The profuse bleeding may last several days and be resistant to various forms of treatment. Post-menopausal bleeding is an indication that there may be a problem with the lining of the uterus.
In either case, the bleeding needs to be evaluated by a medical professional.
Fibroids and Polyps
Fibroids are relatively common in women over the age of 35. These benign tumors can usually be treated with lifestyle and dietary changes.
In other cases, they grow large enough to cause discomfort. Polyps are similar to skin tags that grow inside the uterus. They can cause irregular bleeding.
Adenomyosis and Endometriosis
Adenomyosis occurs when the inner lining of the uterus, or endometrium, grows through the muscle wall. It causes menstrual cramps, frequent pain and heavy bleeding.
Endometriosis is another painful condition caused when the endometrium tissue grows on the outside of the uterus. If the condition involves the ovaries, endometrioma cysts may form.
The condition causes the surrounding body tissue to become irritated. Scar tissue and adhesions may also form. Severe adenomyosis and endometriosis can cause intense pain, particularly around the time of ovulation or your period.
Other Conditions to Consider
You may need a hysterectomy if you have pelvic inflammatory disease, a prolapsed uterus or cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovaries.
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a bacterial infection that permanently damages the uterus and fallopian tubes. A prolapsed uterus occurs when the surrounding muscle and tissue does not support the uterus.
Common symptoms include loss of bladder control. Cancer not treatable by chemotherapy and radiation usually requires surgery.
Contact Us Today
If you are experiencing unusual gynecological symptoms or have been diagnosed with any of these disorders, you should schedule an appointment with South Lake OB/GYN in Clermont to talk about your treatment options.
During your visit, we will discuss your medical history and help you determine if a hysterectomy or another procedure is the right course of action.
A hysterectomy may be necessary to treat your underlying condition and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!