Abdominal hysterectomy is the surgical procedure to remove the upper portion of the uterus (partial) or the entirety of the uterus and cervix (total). In some cases, one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes may also be removed (salpingo-oophorectomy). The procedure is performed in a hospital setting under general or regional anesthesia. During the surgery, a horizontal or vertical incision is made in the lower abdomen. The type of incision will depend on various circumstances, including the condition being treated. After the incision is made, a surgeon will inspect the uterus and other structures, carefully cut the connecting tissues, and remove the uterus and any other structures as necessary.
Depending on the situation and your doctor, abdominal hysterectomy can be performed aslaparoscopic hysterectomy. This minimally invasive procedure uses advanced technology and thin, tube-like surgical instruments with a camera attached. Hospital stays may be required for a few days after any abdominal hysterectomy and recovery, although varying from case to case, will take several weeks.
As a serious procedure, abdominal hysterectomy does pose various risks, including emotional repercussions that extend beyond mere physical effects alone. As you navigate your available treatment options, including various types of hysterectomy surgeries, it is important that you always speak with your doctor about the risks involved and whether there may be alternatives available. As considering hysterectomy requires deep thought about your personal life and extensive information and support from a doctor, getting second opinions and conducting independent research are widely recommended.
In addition to exploring your options with your doctor, Hysterectomy.com can serve as a resource you can use to find more information about nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques to treat your particular condition. Given the fact that hysterectomy should be assessed on a unique basis, we encourage you to tell us more about your situation by completing a contact form. This will allow you to gain access to the information and additional resources that relate to you, your options, and your future.