FAQs: Commonly Asked Questions
What is a hysterectomy?
hysterectomy is a major operation for removal of the uterus. As the main functions of the uterus are reproduction and menstruation, a hysterectomy would therefore mean you no longer can bear children nor have menstruation.
What are the reasons for a hysterectomy?
The reasons for considering hysterectomy vary from person to person, in general, the main indications are:
- to relieve pain caused by conditions such as endometriosis, adenomyosis
- to alleviate excessive menstrual bleeding
- to relieve pelvic pressure caused by fibroids or by severe prolapse
- to treat certain cancer of the uterus and ovaries.
With the exception of cancer, a decision on whether to undergo a hysterectomy for other indications is rarely urgent. and so, you should have time to discuss with your doctor the benefits, the risks, and the alternative options before choosing hysterectomy
Do I have other options?
There are many conservative treatment options before choosing hysterectomy. The available options obviously depend upon the underlying problems. For instance, women who suffer from menorrhagia (heavy menstruation) may consider medical therapies, mirena iUcD, or one of the endometrial ablation methods. Women with fibroids who have not started or completed child bearing may have the fibroids removed (myomectomy). Women with endometriosis who suffer from pain and infertility frequently benefit from excision of endometriosis.
What are the benefits of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?
The benefits of laparoscopic hysterectomy are well demonstrated in terms of small incisions, less post-operative pain, quicker recovery.
What is Robotic (da Vinci) Laparoscopic Hysterectomy?
The da Vinci System is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed surgical instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.