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Hysterectomy / Hysteroscopy

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A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of your uterus, and in some cases one or both ovaries and the fallopian tubes are also removed. Ranked as the most common surgical procedures among women, a hysterectomy is usually performed for those who have gynecological cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, uterine prolapse, constant vaginal bleeding or chronic pelvic pain. Hysterectomies remove the ability to become pregnant so if you think you still might want to conceive in the future, you should discuss any alternative treatments available with your doctor. In some cases, a hysterectomy is the only possible treatment solution.

A hysterectomy is performed as an inpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The surgical procedure lasts from one to two hours, not including the prep time. Your stay in the hospital generally ranges from one to four days. Hysterectomies also require a recovery period that lasts several weeks. You should arrange for help at home if needed.

Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a technique used to look inside the uterus. Using a thin, camera device that is placed inside the uterus through the vagina and cervix, your doctor will be able to diagnose or treat a problem in the uterus. Hysteroscopies are commonly performed to remove a polyp or fibroid from inside the uterus. It may also be used in conjunction with a D&C to determine if there are any abnormalities in the uterus’ interior lining.

Hysteroscopies are performed as an outpatient procedure. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the surgery. Pain medications or general anesthesia may be used to alleviate any pain associated with the procedure so it is important to have someone drive you home from the hospital. Mild to moderate cramping and spotting can be expected. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least one week following the procedure. Please schedule a follow-up appointment one week after the surgery.

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