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4 Reasons to Have a Hysterectomy

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With over 500,000 hysterectomies in the United States each year, a hysterectomy is definitely not uncommon. Though there are compelling reasons to schedule a hysterectomy, there are also many reasons NOT to have a hysterectomy. For many diagnoses, there are less invasive or alternate treatments options available. In those cases, hysterectomy should be the last resort for treatment. However, here are four reasons to have a hysterectomy:

Four reasons to have a Hysterctomy

1. You have gynecologic cancer.


The most compelling reason to have a hysterectomy is a diagnosis of gynecologic cancer. If you are diagnosed with ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical, or vaginal cancer, quick action to minimize the risk of spreading or upstaging may be necessary. However, it is still important to seek a second opinion to determine the best way to manage your diagnosis, surgery and follow-up treatment. A gynecologic oncologist is always the preferred type of surgeon to help to help with a gynecologic diagnosis.

2. You have a gynecologic genetic mutation.


If you have tested positive for a genetic mutation such as BRCA or Lynch Syndrome, or if you are affected by DES hereditary mutations, you are advised to meet with a genetics counselor to explore your specific cancer risks. Based on your genetic mutation and risk factors, you may choose to have prophylactic hysterectomy and/or oophorectomy to minimize your chances of being diagnosed with cancer. If your family is not complete, working with your counselor and gynecologic oncologist may allow you the opportunity to conceive or make alternative plans, such as freezing your eggs, within a reasonable space of time.

3. You have life-threatening, uncontrolled, excessive bleeding.


Uterine hemorrhaging is a serious medical condition that requires immediate treatment. Certain circumstances can lead to this life-threatening bleeding issue and may require a hysterectomy, sometimes on an emergency basis. This type of uncontrollable bleeding may occur in conjunction with pregnancy and delivery, surgery, and bleeding disorders.

4. You have a disruptive, unresolved gynecologic condition.


Abnormal uterine bleeding, endometriosis, adenomyosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic prolapse, pelvic congestion, and pelvic inflammatory disease are some of the conditions which may lead to a hysterectomy if other treatments fail. These conditions are generally not life-threatening though they can impact quality of life. If left untreated, many of these conditions can progress causing other problems such as anemia which can lead to serious health issues. For diagnoses such as these that are not life-threatening, all less invasive and minimally invasive options should be exhausted before considering a hysterectomy.

As with any medical diagnosis and surgery, be sure and schedule an exam and consult with a knowledgeable physician who specializes in treating your diagnosis. Second and even third opinions with a specialist can provide additional information, new perceptive about your options, and peace of mind about your decision. Partner with your medical team to make the best decision for your immediate and long term health.

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08-11-2014 - 09:20 PM


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