When Should I Consider a Hysterectomy?

Have you been experiencing chronic problems with your reproductive organs? For many women experiencing these difficulties, having a hysterectomy offers permanent relief, or is even life saving when nonsurgical methods aren’t effective.

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus, and in some cases, other related organs such as your ovaries and cervix. Here at Suncoast Women’s Care in Trinity, Florida, Dr. Wanda Torres performs hysterectomies that restore health and relieve pain for women with a variety of medical conditions. 

Dr. Torres determines your course of care and whether a hysterectomy is right for you based on your individual circumstances. While this list isn’t exhaustive, here are some examples of the conditions a hysterectomy can treat.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis causes tissues that normally only grow inside your uterus to grow outside as well. Not only is endometriosis extremely painful, it can also cause infertility.

Some women can manage the side effects of endometriosis with medication and hormone therapy, but for others their pain persists. A hysterectomy brings much needed relief if you aren’t responding to other endometriosis treatments and you’re done having children.

Abnormal bleeding

Some women experience heavy vaginal bleeding. Hormone therapy and other treatments stop heavy bleeding in some cases, but a hysterectomy is sometimes the only way to treat this ongoing condition.

Uterine fibroids

Uterine fibroids are unwanted growths and tissues in your uterus. While they’re not usually cancerous, fibroids can cause vaginal bleeding, pain, and other chronic symptoms.

In some cases, you can get a procedure that removes fibroids from your uterus, but in some women they grow back. If you’re getting recurring growths or are not planning to have any more children, a hysterectomy can be your best option to treat uterine fibroids.

Gynecological cancer

If you’ve been diagnosed with uterine, cervical, or ovarian cancer, you’ll often need a hysterectomy to treat it. When your cancer is localized to your reproductive organs, a hysterectomy is usually your best option to remove it completely.

Uterine prolapse

If your uterus falls from its usual position above your cervix and down towards your vagina, you have a prolapsed uterus. Untreated, this condition can lead to problems with urination and bowel movements, as well as causing pressure and discomfort.

You can reposition a prolapsed uterus through exercises and surgical procedures, but for some women a hysterectomy is a better option. You might be a good candidate for hysterectomy to remove the prolapsed uterus if you’ve finished having children, or if other treatment options fail to reposition your uterus. 

Laparoscopic hysterectomy is an option

Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, having a hysterectomy doesn’t always require open surgery. Using the da Vinci® Surgical System, Dr. Torres typically offers hysterectomies as a laparoscopic robot-assisted surgery.

Dr. Torres performs the surgery with tubular instruments that work through a few tiny incisions in your abdomen. She’s in complete control of the arms of the da Vinci robot and monitors you using tiny cameras that project an image onto a screen in the operating room.

To consult with Dr. Torres to determine if a hysterectomy is right for you, request an appointment online or call our office.

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