Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus. There may come a time in a woman’s life when it is necessary to have a hysterectomy. Some of the reasons may include:
- heavy, painful or frequent periods
- abnormal growths called fibroids which can cause heavy painful periods or pelvic pain,
- prolapse or dropping of the uterus
- endometrioisis where tissue from inside the uterus attaches itself to the wrong places
- adenomyosis where the tissue from inside the uterus grows into the muscle of the uterus
- severe, recurrent untreatable pelvic infections
There are different kinds of hysterectomies. A total hysterectomy removes the uterus and the cervix. A subtotal hysterectomy removes the uterus but leaves the cervix behind. The ovaries are not usually removed with a hysterectomy unless this has been specifically stated. This should be discussed with your surgeon ahead of time.
There are different ways to have a hysterectomy. An abdominal hysterectomy is done through an incision in your abdominal wall which is then closed using stitches or clips. A vaginal hysterectomy removes the uterus through the vagina. There is no abdominal scar. This procedure is usually done when the uterus is prolapsed. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed through the laparoscope. There will be four small puncture sites in the abdomen to perform the surgery and then the uterus is removed through the vagina. Talk to your surgeon about which route is the best for you.
After the surgery you will no longer have periods. Menopausal symptoms will not occur unless the ovaries have been removed at the same time. If you are under the age of 50 you may consider hormone replacement.
After the operation you will have an intravenous drip for fluids and medication and a catheter to help drain the urine. Recovery may take 4-6 weeks.
Dr. Raman is a pioneer in the field of Surgery in gynaecologic cancers & advanced laparoscopic surgeries. Dr. Raman Singla is one of the most eminent experts in Surgical Oncology & advanced laparoscopic surgeries with extensive experience of 20 years in open Laparoscopic surgeries. He is able to offer surgical procedures with shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time for gynaecological cancer patients.
Dr. Raman Singla, former Head, Deptt. Of Minimal Access Surgery, IVY Hospital. Gained extensive practical experience in basic and advanced laparoscopic Surgery at premier advanced laparoscopic surgical centers of North India, viz. DMC Ludhiana, Sidhu Hospital Doraha over last six years. He has performed over 25000(Twenty Five thousand) Laparoscopic Surgeries.
He is also doing various advanced Laparoscopic procedures like Bariatric Surgery for weight loss, Heller myotomy, Fundoplication Surgery, Gynaec cancer surgery, Gynecological laparoscopic surgery like Hysterectomy (TLH, LAVH), Laparoscopic myomectomy (removal of fibroids) Inguinal Hernia Repair, Ventral Hernia Repair, Umblical Hernia Repair etc.He Developed the Department of Minimal Access Surgery at Ivy Hospital as a specialized centre for SINGLE INCISION LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY, SILS, (Scar less Surgery) in the region, a scar less technique in which the laparoscopic surgery is performed through a 1-1.5 cm tiny cut within the navel / umbilicus.