Surgery to Treat Endometriosis – Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove a woman’s uterus. Depending on the reason for the hysterectomy, a surgeon may choose to remove all or only part of the uterus.

The following is a picture of hysterectomy surgery in different conditions.

In severe cases of endometriosis, surgery to remove the uterus and cervix (total hysterectomy) as well as both ovaries may be the best treatment.

Advantages

Hysterectomy is an aggressive and extreme decision and is effective in easing the pain associated with endometriosis.

Risks

  • The surgery does not cure the disease and there is the risk of recurrence.
  • Long-term health risks after hysterectomy may include an increased risk of heart and blood vessel diseases and certain metabolic problems, especially if you have the surgery before age 35.
  • After a hysterectomy, you no longer have menstrual periods and can’t get pregnant.

As a result, hysterectomy is typically considered a last resort, especially for women still in their reproductive years.

Finally keep in mind that there may be alternative options for your health problem without having a hysterectomy. Althiugh hysterectomy is a major surgery, you should talk with your doctor about all of your treatment options.

 

Keywords: hysterectomy endometriosis, hysteroscopy endometrial ablation

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.