Hysterectomy

 

A hysterectomy is the removal of the womb or uterus. The reasons for this permanent solution are varied; there are scenarios where the preservation of the organ is life-threatening, such as cancer of the uterus or ovaries, which in this case may call for a hysterectomy. In most cases, all other options for combatting uterus related problems will have been exhausted.

 

Types of hysterectomies

  • Radical hysterectomy: Removal of all the tissue plus the top of the vagina, usually performed for cancer patients.
  • Subtotal hysterectomy: Removal of a specific part of the uterus. This can be the cervix or ovaries.
  • Total hysterectomy: The removal of the whole uterus and cervix.
  • Salpingectomy: Removal of the fallopian tubes.  

 

Surgical techniques

  • Vaginal hysterectomy
  • Total abdominal hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopy-assisted vaginal hysterectomy

Sex after a hysterectomy

The surgical technique used for your hysterectomy will partially determine the healing time and the nature of your scars if any. Your body should heal within 6 to 8 months, so the surgery will place your sex life on hold for that time, but it will not end it altogether. You can expect to have some light bleeding and discharge post-surgery. Once you are completely healed, things should go back to normal.

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