A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus (womb) and, if necessary, the cervix and ovaries too. The extent of the operation will depend on the reason for the surgery and how much of the womb and surrounding reproductive system can be preserved without causing future problems.
Why Do Women Have A Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy can be used to treat
An ‘abdominal hysterectomy’ involves removing the womb through a bikini line incision.
A ‘vaginal hysterectomy’ does not require an abdominal incision; rather the womb is removed via a cut in the top of the vagina.
How Long Is Recovery?
It is a major operation with a hospital stay of two to five days and at least four to six weeks recovery time. During this time, patients are advised to rest as much as possible and avoid any heavy lifting. Some women may also notice short-lived disturbances to their bowel and bladder movements such as urinary infections and constipation. Vaginal discharge and bleeding is also frequently experienced for the first six weeks following the procedure.
It is likely that other methods of treatment will have been tried before a hysterectomy is considered. One of the main reasons for this is that the patient will no longer be able to have children after the operation and her periods will stop. If the ovaries are removed, the patient will immediately experience what is called ‘surgical menopause’ – when menopause is brought on by the operation, regardless of age. Hormone replacement therapy is often prescribed to help alleviate the menopausal symptoms.
How Mr Broome can help?
Even though this is a major operation it is still very common; there are over 40,000 carried out by the NHS every year.
Mr Broome works only in the private sector now and is the senior gynaecologist at the BMI Beaumont Hospital in Bolton. This means that if you want to have a short waiting time and have a consultant led service and care, then you can choose to do this.
Mr Broome will examine you first so please contact us for more information including consultation clinic times and costs. We can also advise on how you can have this through private insurance, if you already have this. You may also be interested to know that we have finance too.