Abdominal hysterectomy is a surgical procedure where the uterus is removed through an incision in the abdomen. One or both ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed during the procedure.
There are two issues to consider before the planned hysterectomy, if the cervix should be removed and/or if the ovaries should be removed. If the ovaries are removed, the individual may need to decide if she should take estrogen ( hormone) replacement therapy.
A standard total abdominal hysterectomy includes removal of the entire uterus and cervix. However, there are situations where the cervix is not removed which is called a subtotal hysterectomy. Subtotal hysterectomy may be considered if the woman wishes to retain the cervix or if difficulties are encountered where removal of the cervix could cause damage to the bladder or bowels. Women who have a subtotal hysterectomy should continue with routine cervical smears.
Should I remove or keep the ovaries
The ovaries may be removed during hysterectomy, a procedure known as an oophorectomy. Oophorectomy is not always required; the decision depends upon several considerations.
Keeping the ovaries: Premenopausal women may decide to keep the ovaries to provide a continuing natural source of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. These hormones are important in maintaining general health, cardiovascular health and cognition, sexual interest, preventing hot flushes and loss of bone density.
Removing the ovaries: On the other hand, women who have menstrual cycle related migraines or severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or endometriosis may have an improvement in symptoms when hormone levels are reduced by removing the ovaries. Postmenopausal women sometimes choose to remove their ovaries because of a small risk of developing ovarian cancer later during their lifetime.
Mr Alak Pal will discuss the benefits of removing or keeping ovaries, as individual circumstances differ, and the decision is made that fits the individual’s requirements.
Should I remove the fallopian tubes
Fallopian tubes serve as a place for the egg and sperm to meet for fertilisation. They are not known to have any role in hormone production. The finger like ends of fallopian tubes are thought to be the precursor for ovarian cancer, and the current practice is to offer removal of the fallopian tubes (salpingectomy) during hysterectomy.
Should I remove the cervix
A standard abdominal hysterectomy includes removal of the entire uterus and cervix. However, there are situations in which the entire uterus is not removed. A subtotal or partial hysterectomy refers to a procedure in which the cervix is left in place, while the top of the uterus is removed. A subtotal ( or partial) hysterectomy may be done if you want to keep your cervix or if difficulties arise during surgery that make removal of the cervix complicated.
Prior to a planned hysterectomy, Mr Alak Pal will discuss with you about the risks and benefits of leaving the cervix in place.
Individuals who undergo subtotal hysterectomy must continue to have routine cervical smears.
In the past, there was concern that removing the cervix would interfere with sexual satisfaction. However, studies have demonstrated that sexual satisfaction does not appear to differ after hysterectomy between women with and without a cervix.
Life after abdominal hysterectomy
Most women are satisfied with their results and reported improvement in symptoms, such as pain and vaginal bleeding. Sexual function and enjoyment, interest in sex, and pain with sex improved after hysterectomy for most women. However, everyone’s situation is different, and your outcomes may depend upon several factors including your age, the reason for and findings at hysterectomy.
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From the initial appointment, surgery, aftercare and to my final appointment, Mr Pal was extremely professional and understanding to my particular medical circumstances. The entire abdominal hysterectomy procedure was extremely satisfactory. He spent time listening to any concerns that I had and explained clearly and simply the process surrounding the surgery. I would highly recommend him for anyone contemplating such a procedure. Additionally, post-surgical care and appointments were excellent too.
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