Risks and Side Effects of Uterus Removal

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The process of removing the uterus is known as a hysterectomy. Along with the uterus, the ovaries and the fallopian tubes which carry the eggs from the ovaries might also be removed on the doctor’s advice. The most common form of uterus removal is uterine fibroids. Such a case has been increasing among women and hence a thorough understanding of the risks and the consequences of the removal of the uterus is necessary.

 

Why do Doctors go for a Hysterectomy?

The uterus is advised to be removed due to an increase in the fibroid size from 5 – 7 cm. Suppose if the woman is nearing her menopause, then she can be kept under observation and then decide on the uterus removal process as once she attains menopause, the chance is for the fibroid to shrink soon.

The second reason for uterus removal is due to the thickening of the inner lining. Suppose your doctor diagnoses a chance for cancerous tissues that can be developed in the near future then they will advise you to go for a uterus removal.

The third reason is due to the ovarian masses. Again when the ovaries are huge it is removed along with the uterus for safety but it is not necessary that when the uterus is removed the ovaries should also be removed as it plays a major role in a woman’s heart functioning and bones.

Other causes might include abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse. Few risk factors to keep in mind before you undergo a hysterectomy include – heavy bleeding in some patients, vaginal dryness, increase in body weight, your nearby organs might be injured, loss of libido and urinary leakage.

 

Side Effects Post Hysterectomy Include:

  1. Bleeding or clotting of blood
  2. Hair loss
  3. Anesthesia issues with increased breathing
  4. Constipation issues
  5. Urinary irritation
  6. Hot flashes
  7. Fever due to urinary infection
  8. Stress and anxiety
  9. Depression
  10. Decrease in libido

These post hysterectomy effects are taken care of by providing the patients with enough supplements, besides the fact the patient has to be prepared psychologically for a complete cure over time.

The hysterectomy procedure can be done in three different ways – laparoscopic hysterectomy, vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy. However, it is not necessary that you must end up with a hysterectomy process for all uterus related issues. Consult your doctor for other alternative ways to cure your uterine related issues. They may suggest  some other medications, procedures, injections before prescribing the uterus removal process.

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