Morcellation is the process of cutting the uterus and other tissues into tiny pieces that can be removed through tiny incisions. While it sounds a bit gruesome, it can be very beneficial for some women.
Some conditions, such as an enlarged uterus or large fibroids, which would normally require a complete hysterectomy may be able to done with a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) if morcellation is used. Morcellation can also allow the surgeon to complete a hysterectomy through small incisions while leaving the cervix intact which is especially important if you would like to retain the cervical portion of your uterus.
While there are many women who benefit from this technique, morcellation may not be right for everyone so you may wish to seek a second opinion from a gynecological surgeon who has extensive training and knowledge regarding MIS and your diagnosis. Read more about What is the Purpose of Morcellation with a Hysterectomy?
For some women, one of changes they experience post-hysterectomy is the condition of their skin. Some will experience more oily skin and breakouts whereas others experience dry skin. Most of the skin changes are due to the changes in hormone levels, so the type of hysterectomy you had and whether or not you are using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can affect your skin’s reaction.
Women who are many months or years post-op advise new sisters to hold off on investing in expensive skin-care products immediately, as the skin changes may continue to vary for many weeks or months after surgery. Some women will be able to remedy their skin’s changes with lotions, oils or creams, some with some dietary changes and some will find they need to consult a dermatologist.
Unfortunately, these skin changes are unpredictable and may require trial and error to find a remedy. While these skin changes may last for a while, they will taper off. Read more here about How to Handle Skin Changes after Hysterectomy.
While most women have better quality of life and mostly positive experiences after their hysterectomies, many women experience a change in their emotions even having had no past history of depression or anxiety.
The reasons for the depression or anxiety range from a woman’s belief about the importance of their uterus to mourning the inability to have more or any children. With time most women’s bodies will completely heal and their feelings of depression and/or anxiety will fade. However, if you find those feeling are persisting you should talk to your doctor about what can be done to help. Your doctor can work with you to find a solution, often times including medication, that can restore your life back to normal.
If you are experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression and your doctor doesn’t address that during your post-op visit, then you should do that for yourself. Just know that you are not alone and that there is help available for Depression After Hysterectomy.
As with any surgical procedure, you will be given a list of instructions for post-op care including some symptoms which warrant a call to your doctor. However, there are times that those lists are confusing or unclear or even misplaced in the shuffle of getting from the surgery center/hospital to home.
We have compiled a general list of symptoms so you know When to Call your Doctor after Hysterectomy. However, don’t underestimate either that nagging, inner voice that tell you something is just not right.
One of the natural parts of a woman’s aging process involves menopause. Menopause is simply when a woman’s menstrual period ceases and the ovaries stop producing hormones. However, many women would say that there was nothing simple about their menopause experience!
As women begin their menopause journey, they begin to experience a myriad of symptoms including hot flashes, mood swings, insomnia, anxiety, urinary issues, and more. For those who have a uterus, periods may occur more or less frequently as well. For most women, menopause begins around the age of 50 but some women will experience surgical menopause at a younger age.
Read more about Menopause.
For most women there are a variety of choices available to you for your hysterectomy. However, certain procedures could limit those options.
To determine what type of anesthesia is best for you, you may wish to chat with your anesthesiologist before you procedure. Read more here about Anesthesia.
Thousands of the HysterSisters have struggled through the waiting that takes place before their hysterectomy. Women spend that waiting period thinking about all aspects of their surgery from the anesthesia and the operation itself all the way to the post-op recovery time.
While no surgery every carries with it a guarantee of success and/or no complications, statistically, a hysterectomy is a safe surgery compared to other major operations, with a low rate of serious complications and negative repercussions. Our post-op HysterSisters routinely share with our pre-op HysterSisters their experiences. That is one of many resources available to you during your period of waiting and is a resource definitely worth checking out.
Read more about Is Waiting the Hardest Part of a Hysterectomy?
Regardless of age, whether or not they have had children, their age, etc. many women feel a sense of loss and like they are less of a woman after a hysterectomy.
While some women express elation at having the procedure, many other will feel sadness or loss and go through a period of grieving. If you are one of these women, please know that you are not alone in that and it is good to allow yourself that time to grieve.
Some women find it helpful to speak with a counselor, their doctor or clergy we also have a wonderful community of women that share their experiences. You can visit the HysterSisters Aching Hearts forum to connect with others who are feeling as you do and read more about the feeling of Am I Less of a Woman after a Hysterectomy?
If your family has a history of ovarian disease, you and your physician may discuss the possibility of a a Prophylactic Salpingectomy which is the removal of healthy fallopian tubes in the hopes of preventing disease or cancer affecting them.
While this procedure may reduce your risk of cancer, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks too. Read more about Prophylactic Salpingectomy.
Have you noticed the ‘More’ tab on our home page? When you select that you will find eleven additional sections of information there for you, including an extensive section on anesthesia and hysterectomy.
Our anesthesia articles cover a range of information and topics from anesthesia types to which types of anesthesia are best for your type of hysterectomy and/or surgery. Read more about Anesthesia and Hysterectomy.