Fibroids are the most common cause of hysterectomy, which involves removal of the uterus. There are almost 600,000 hysterectomies performed in US annually. Uterine fibroids are responsible for half of them.
All hysterectomies include removal of the uterus, but the type of procedure used often depends on the condition being treated. Traditionally, hysterectomies have been performed using a technique known as total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). However, in recent years, two less-invasive procedures have been developed: vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic hysterectomy.
The intent of this article is to provide details about hysterectomy and type of hysterectomy surgeries that are available today. However, we believe only in the natural treatment of fibroids. Because that’s the only way fibroids can be treated permanently. Hysterectomy shall only be opted in case of last option when all other support methods are exhausted.
Types of Hysterectomies
These are the most common hysterectomy types for fibroids:
1. Total Hysterectomy
In this operation, the entire uterus and cervix are removed. This is usually performed abdominally with an incision most often made along the bikini line.
2. Sub-Total Hysterectomy
Also known as partial hysterectomy, leaves the cervix intact but the rest of the uterus is removed. Many doctors remove the cervix automatically as a precaution against cervical cancer.
3. Bilateral Salpingo-oophorectomy
This procedure involves removal of the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes. Decision has to be taken by patient and her doctor before the surgery is performed. This operation causes an artificial onset menopause due to the loss of natural sex hormones. If this is the only option left, then look into methods of regaining hormonal balance through maintaining a healthy lifestyle and other support methods.
4. Abdominal Hysterectomy
This operation is performed through an incision in the stomach. It is the most common form and typically required longest recovery time.
5. Vaginal Hysterectomy
This operation is performed through the vagina. Whether your doctor performs the procedure vaginally or with a small incision in the abdomen, will depend on the size of the uterus and the cause of surgery to begin with.
6. Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Laparoscopy is the latest and more sophisticated procedures to assist with hysterectomy procedure. In this surgery organs are visualized and manipulated through a laparoscope. Uterus is removed either vaginally or through a small incision in the abdomen. This procedure results in much quicker recovery, (typically 1 to 2 weeks) with far less disruption of the bowel and pelvic floor.