Endometriosis and Hysterectomy
Endometriosis is a painful and common condition experienced by women. Most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed when a woman is in her twenties. In most cases, the endometriosis can be treated using hormone therapy, but other cases may require that the patient undergo a hysterectomy in order to treat severe cases on endometriosis.
A hysterectomy at any age can be a daunting prospect, but it can be particularly upsetting to a young woman who planned on having children. Before you agree to any surgical procedure, it is best to discuss your options with your doctor, especially if you were planning to have a family. This is your body, and this will be an emotional decision, as well as a medical decision. Take our time when weighing your options. When you make your final decision, you will need to be at peace with your choices.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus. At this time, your doctor may also decide to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well, depending on the severity of your endometriosis. A complete or total hysterectomy removes both the uterus and the cervix. A partial hysterectomy removes only the upper part of the uterus and leaves the cervix intact. A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, and all of the reproductive organs. This type of hysterectomy is usually only performed when cancer is present.
Hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure among women in the United States after caesarian section delivery. While vaginal or laproscopic hysterectomies are performed, the most common hysterectomy is an abdominal hysterectomy. The recovery time for this type of surgery is four to eight weeks. At first, you will not be able to do much, but as time progresses, you will be able to gradually increase your physical activity until you are able to return to your regular schedule. The recovery time for vaginal or laproscopic hysterectomies is general between one to two weeks.
Some people who have hysterectomies in order to remove endometrosis are surprised when they experience a recurrence of their condition. In fact, it may not be possible for all of the endometrial cells to be removed during one surgical procedure. Endometrial cells can also spread quickly, especially if the condition remains untreated for an extended period of time. There have been cases where the endometriosis has spread to the bladder, lungs, arms, legs, and even the brain. If your endometriosis does recur, it is important to seek medical treatment instead of deciding to live with your condition in order to prevent the endometriosis from spreading throughout your body.
Deciding to have a Hysterectomy is a very big decision, and it should not be a rushed decision. In fact, your doctor may tell you to go to another doctor in order to get a second opinion. You should take all the time you need and talk to as many health care professionals as you feel is necessary in order to make an informed decision.