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A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus (or also known as the womb). The uterus is where a baby grows during pregnancy. This type of surgery is carried out for various reasons, mostly to treat health problems that affect the reproductive system, including uterine fibroids that cause pain, endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, and cervical cancer. Hysterectomy for noncancerous reasons is usually performed when all other treatments have been unsuccessful. After the surgery, you will no longer be able to get pregnant or have menstrual periods. There are several types of hysterectomy: subtotal hysterectomy, total hysterectomy, and radical hysterectomy.
The procedure is done under a general anesthetic and the surgery can be performed in three ways, including laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal hysterectomy, and abdominal hysterectomy. The most common way to do the surgery is abdominal hysterectomy where the womb is removed through a cut in the lower tummy. However, laparoscopic hysterectomy is more preferred. With this method, your surgeon inserts a laparoscope and small surgical tools through several incisions in the abdomen.
Generally, hysterectomy may take between one to two hours. You will need to stay in the hospital for two to three days where your health conditions are regularly monitored. You will be given medicine to prevent infection, and you will be encouraged to walk around soon after the surgery. You will have to stay in the Kupang for at least 14 days after the surgery as you will have to attend follow-up checkups. The stitches are removed after seven to ten days. The average recovery period is between four to six weeks, but if your job requires physical labor, you will need to wait at least six weeks before going back. The surgery is known to have a success rate of 80%. Nevertheless, it is important to know the possible risks such as chronic pain and vaginal prolapse.