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Sanford Obstetrics & Gynecology
What types of problems lead to a woman having a hysterectomy?
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy includes removal of organs that are part of a womanís reproductive system. This usually includes removal of the cervix and uterus; one or both ovaries and the fallopian tubes may also be removed.
What are the risks associated with hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy risks are similar to any surgery. There is increased risk of blood loss or blood clots, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. There is also a risk of injury to other pelvic and abdominal organs; this risk is greater if there are large fibroids, tumors or severe endometriosis, which can obstruct the surgeonís view and make the procedure more difficult to perform. Women who are obese or who have diabetes or high blood pressure are at higher risk.
What can I expect following a hysterectomy?Most women say they enjoy life more because they no longer experience symptoms such as chronic bleeding or pelvic pain. You will have some discomfort in the weeks immediately following surgery. Bloody vaginal discharge and some pain or discomfort is normal for several days following surgery. You will no longer have your monthly menstrual cycle or be able to become pregnant. If your ovaries were not removed, you will produce hormones and eggs until you reach menopause. But if the ovaries and fallopian tubes were removed with your uterus, menopause will begin following the surgery. Your physician can prescribe medications to help treat the symptoms of menopause.
Shari Orser, MD is board certified in obstetrics & gynecology and has special interests in high-risk pregnancies. She is located at the Sanford Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Orser is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. For an appointment, call (701) 323-8262 or click here to request an appointment online.