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4 Reasons to Have a Hysterectomy

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Four Reasons to have a HysterectomyIn the United States, over 500,000 women have a hysterectomy each year for a variety of reasons. Although this is a common surgery, there are many alternatives and less invasive options available for women which could offer them a solution with less side effects and complications. Unfortunately, there are four compelling reasons for which a hysterectomy may be the only means of treatment.

1. Cancer



A gynecologic cancer diagnosis is the most compelling reason to have a hysterectomy. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical, or vaginal cancer, it is important to consult with a gynecologic oncologist as soon as possible. Quick action can help minimize spreading, upstaging, and other risks. You should also seek a second opinion to help you determine the best treatment for you. Working with your oncologist will help you manage your diagnosis, choose appropriate treatment, and manage follow-up care.

2. Gynecologic Genetic Mutation


Having a gynecologic genetic mutation is another reason you may need a hysterectomy. A genetic counselor can help you understand and explore your options if you have tested positive for a genetic mutation such as BRCA or Lynch Syndrome. A genetic counselor can also be helpful if you are affected by DES hereditary mutations. Working with your genetic counselor and a gynecologic oncologist, you can determine if a prophylactic hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy would minimize your chances of being diagnosed with cancer.

3. Life-threatening, Uncontrolled, and/or Excessive Bleeding


Uterine hemorrhaging that is life-threatening, uncontrolled, and/or excessive can create serious medical conditions which require immediate treatment. Complications from pregnancy, delivery, surgery, or bleeding disorders can create this type of bleeding situation, and, in some cases, emergency surgery may be necessary. If you experience this type of bleeding, it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention. Quick treatment could help you avoid an emergency hysterectomy.

4. Disruptive, Unresolved Gynecologic Conditions


There are several gynecologic conditions which can cause disruption in a woman's life: abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic prolapse, pelvic congestion, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Though these conditions are not life-threatening, if they are not resolved with alternative treatments they may progress or lead to other health concerns. If you have one of these conditions, you should try less invasive and minimally invasive options before choosing a hysterectomy.

Before scheduling a hysterectomy for any non-emergency reason, you should schedule an exam, ask about alternatives, and discuss your concerns with a knowledgeable physician who specializes in treating your diagnosis so you can make the best decisions for you. A hysterectomy affects your immediate and long term health so you want to be sure you make the right choice for you. A second and even third opinion with a specialist could also provide you with additional information, another perceptive, and peace of mind.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-02-2014 - 02:49 PM


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