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A hysterectomy is a common procedure for woman. It is, in fact, the second most common surgical procedure done on women and refers to removing the uterus itself or along with the ovaries and fallopian tubes in about 40 percent of cases. The rate of hysterectomy is so high that thirty three percent of women will have had the procedure by the time they reach the age of sixty years. If you would like advice at no cost just use the helpline or complete the contact form and a hysterectomy surgery solicitor will telephone you with no charge and no obligation.

Hysterectomies are done for a lot of reasons. It can be done because the uterus is falling out of the vagina, a condition called uterine prolapse. It can be done for cancer of the uterus or for abnormal and heavy bleeding of the uterus. Fibroid tumours result in an enlarged uterus which pushes on the bladder and needs to be removed. Very painful periods can be a reason to have a hysterectomy, especially when a woman is certain she wants no more children. In some cases, dysplasia of the cervix or cancer of the cervix can mean a hysterectomy needs to be done, depending on how severe the dysplasia is.

Some women can have endometriosis, which is a condition where the lining of the uterus reaches areas outside the uterus, resulting in bleeding and pain during menses. If a woman isn't interested in getting pregnant, she can have a hysterectomy which removes the endometriosis along with it. The tubes and ovaries are often taken at the same time.

About ten percent of the 600,000 hysterectomies done in the US every year relate to cancer of the uterus or cervix. A hysterectomy can be done to rid the body of cancer although, in some cases, a less invasive procedure can be done to remove the cancer while sparing the uterus.

There are several risks to having a hysterectomy. For example, it is often done under general anaesthesia, which carries its own set of risks. You can have infection as a result of a hysterectomy. This is treated with antibiotics that control the degree of infection in the system and kill the bacteria. Sometimes antibiotics are used at the time of surgery to prevent an infection from occurring in the first place.

Other complications of a hysterectomy include damage to the bladder or the ureters. They are in close contact with the uterus and, if the bladder isn't emptying well, it can be punctured with a suture or with a scalpel. It can cause leakage of urine from the urinary tract into the pelvic space and can reduce the amount of urine that can come out. A fistula can form between the bladder and the vagina or other tissue so that urine chronically leaks out of the bladder through a well developed hole.

Blood clots in the legs and lungs (a pulmonary embolus) can occur in a hysterectomy, especially if the individual is allowed to lie down in bed for long periods of time after the surgery. The best thing to do is to get out of bed within a day of the surgery to allow blood flow to move through the veins of the legs. Even so, a blood clot can happen.

Bleeding is a hysterectomy complication than is sometimes unavoidable. If a stitch is not placed tightly or comes loose, there can be increased vaginal bleeding after the surgery or internal bleeding, which can be painful.

Surgical menopause happens whenever the ovaries are removed at the time of the hysterectomy. The woman suffers nearly instant hot flashes, weight gain, irritability and decreased libido as a result of a lack of oestrogen and progesterone in the system. It may be the time to replace these hormones with medications containing oestrogen and possibly progesterone. There is a risk of heart disease and breast cancer if high doses of oestrogen and progesterone are used so these things must be monitored carefully after a hysterectomy with oophorectomy (ovary removal). Alternatively, herbal supplements can be used to give back the missing hormones in the body.

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