What is Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are taken out. Hysterectomy is usually considered only after all other treatment approaches have been tried without success. Depending on the reason for the hysterectomy, the gynaecologists at Aarvy Hospitals may choose to remove all or only part of the uterus.Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is a surgical procedure using a laparoscope to guide the removal of the uterus and/or Fallopian tubes and ovaries through the vagina (birth canal). As per our expert gynaecologists, not all hysterectomies can or should be done by LAVH.
Why is a Hysterectomy done?
There are many reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy. Our gynaecologists recommend it only if you have:
What is done during a Hysterectomy?
Gynaecologists at Aarvy Hospital in Gurgaon may use different approaches for hysterectomy, depending on their experience, the reason for the hysterectomy, and a woman's overall health.
An abdominal hysterectomy is an open surgery. For this surgery, the surgeon makes a 5 to 7 inch incision, either up-and-down or side-to-side, across the belly. The surgeon then removes the uterus through this incision.
Another approach is the Laparoscopic Hysterectomy during which a laparoscope with a lit camera is inserted through several small cuts made in the belly. The surgeon performs the hysterectomy from outside the body, viewing the operation on a video screen.
In the course of LAVH, the uterus is detached from the ligaments that attach it to other structures in the pelvis using the laparoscopic tools. If the Fallopian tubes and ovaries are to be removed, they are also detached from their ligaments and blood supply. The organs and tissue are then removed through an incision made in the vagina.
After the surgery
You will be given pain medicines to relieve any discomfort and will be asked to get up and move around as soon as possible after surgery. You may return to a normal diet as soon as you can without causing nausea or vomiting.At Aarvy Hospital, discharge depends on the patients post operative status. Sometimes, you can go home the next day. Other times, most women who have a hysterectomy stay in the hospital 2 to 3 days. The hospital stay may be longer if the hysterectomy is done because of cancer.
If you haven't been through your menopause, your periods will stop after the hysterectomy. If the ovaries are removed, you might go through distressing menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbance, vaginal dryness etc).