A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. A hysterectomy can be performed abdominally, vaginally, laparoscopically and using the Da Vinci® surgical system. There are many different reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy including:
- Painful uterine fibroids
- Heavy menstrual bleeding after other treatments fail
- Uterine prolapse
- Uterine or endometrial cancer
- Chronic pelvic pain
A hysterectomy may or may not include the removal of cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Based on your symptoms and diagnosis, your doctor will help you determine which procedure is best for you.
What to Expect
A hysterectomy is usually performed under general anesthesia in a hospital operating room. The surgery usually lasts a few hours. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may stay overnight in the hospital for monitoring.
You will begin to recover at home from your hysterectomy surgery and it usually takes about six weeks to make a full recovery. Women’s Health of Central Virginia recommends that patients:
- Get plenty of rest
- Restrict lifting heavy objects for the full six weeks of recovery
- Stay active after surgery, but avoid strenuous activities like going to the gym or running
- Wait 6 weeks or until your doctor approves you to resume sexual activity