Hysterectomy at Woodland Hospital
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus. Usually the cervix is also removed. If necessary the ovaries can be removed at the same time.
The common reasons for having an abdominal hysterectomy include heavy periods, fibroids and ovarian cysts.
There are two types of hysterectomy procedure available:
The operation involves the gynaecologist making an incision on your abdomen and at the top of your vagina. In most cases your uterus will be removed along with your cervix. An abdominal hysterectomy is normally performed when the uterus is large, for the treatment of endometriosis and when cancer affecting the cervix, ovaries and uterus is likely.
The procedure is normally carried out under general anaesthetic and normally takes around an hour.
A vaginal hysterectomy in some cases may involve the removal of the ovaries alongside the removal of the uterus and cervix.
The vaginal hysterectomy is not used when there is an indication of cancer being present. It has a faster healing time then an abdominal hysterectomy but poses a greater risk to surrounding organs.
The procedure is usually exercised in the removal of fibroids and when endometriosis is not present.
The surgery normally lasts for 45 minutes using general anaesthetic. It involves an incision on the top of the cervix and the beginning of the vagina. The operation is entirely done through the vagina so no abdominal cuts are made.
What are the benefits of surgery?
A hysterectomy may cure or improve your symptoms. You will no longer have periods.
Are there any alternatives to a Hysterectomy?
Heavy periods can be treated using oral medications, a hormonal coil in the uterus, or by removing only the lining of the womb.
Depending on the size and position of fibroids, you can take medication to try to control the symptoms. Other treatments include surgery to remove the fibroids only or uterine artery embolisation.
How soon will I recover?
You will usually be able to go home after four to six days.
For the first two weeks at home you should rest and continue to do the exercises that you were shown in hospital. You can usually go back to work after six to twelve weeks.
After three months you should be feeling more or less back to normal.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Which Consultants can I see at Woodland Hospital?
How do I see a Gynaecologist at Woodland Hospital?
We provide Gynaecological services for both NHS patients and Private patients either self-paying for their treatment or using medical insurance.
If you have any questions about using your Private Medical Insurance or self-paying for treatment, please call 01536 210 019 or email us via our contact form.
Finance packages are available via a medical loan with 0% finance, further details are available here.