Hysterectomy Surgery Complications
Hysterectomy surgery complications are extremely serious and long lasting. Approximately 90% of all related surgeries are performed without real need. Most women are advised to get a hysterectomy in order to lessen the effects of other problems, but in fact the result may increase problems in other areas. Although the individual side effects of a hysterectomy is unknown until after the surgery, other options should be given serious consideration before a final decision is made. Many simple changes in diet, exercise, and serious lifestyle changes can offer dramatic relief in menopausal reactions. If a person does come to the conclusion of having surgery, much consideration should be given to the type and way in which it is performed before even choosing a surgeon.
There are only two reasons a woman should undergo this type of surgical procedure: Cancer and complications with childbirth. Some women are advised to take the risk of hysterectomy surgery complications in order to solve problems with sexual performance, mental awareness, and obesity. Although the big female change may bring some unpleasant changes, it is not the only reason for unwanted physical and mental changes. Understanding the actual procedure will aid in gaining full understanding of the seriousness of the surgery. A hysterectomy is the removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes by way of peeling the ovaries away from the cervix. Infection and prolepses are the most serious side effects of a hysterectomy. Infections can occur on the cervix and even effect other organs creating the environment for many other problems including cancer in other areas of the body due to the lowering of immune system functions opening the doors for cancerous cells to overpower healthy cells. "And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." (Genesis 2:23)
Three types of surgical procedures are available: vaginal, abdominal, and laparoscopic. These types are strictly ways to perform a variety of levels in which the female body is altered in order to attain optimal body function. Oophorectomy or ovariectomy is the name given to complete removal of the ovaries. Salpingo-oophorectomy is when the ovaries and the fallopian tubes are both completely removed. Either type of procedure will result in either positive or negative side effects of a hysterectomy. Ideally the positive will outweigh the negative. Both complete and partial surgery will result in hormonal changes, which will affect the way in which a woman responds sexually, physically, and mentally. In some cases only part of the ovaries are taken depending on the situation. Likewise, sometimes more than the ovaries and fallopian tubes are taken especially in the case of aggressive cancer.
Extreme experiences with PMS, weight gain, memory loss, fibroids, endometriosis, irritability, and tender or lumpy breasts could all be signs of pre-menopause if a woman is between the ages of 30 and 50. Action should be taken if these symptoms occur, but surgery is not the only option. Progesterone supplementation is a natural alternative to risking hysterectomy surgery complications, but may not offer help for cancer patients. In addition, changes in diet to include as many fresh fruits and vegetables may offer the needed change within the body to created noticeable changes possible solving the problems previously believed only to be solved by invasive surgery. In addition, realization that the human body changes with age, adequate adjustments in lifestyle are required in order for the body to achieve optimal possible performance. This is not to say that a woman can expect life in her 50s to be the same as life in her 20s based on responsible changes in diet and exercise, but rather the best the body can perform at. Progesterone supplementation may offer relief or prevention of thyroid imbalance, cramping, irregular menstrual flow, bloating, depression, irritability, migraines, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness. Although these symptoms are not solely caused by perimenopause, little or no risk is taken by short-term consumption. More major problems that progesterone supplementation can solve include: infertility, incontinence, endometriosis, osteoporosis, low sex drive, chances of breast cancer, and endometrial cancer. Each woman and her situation are different, therefore through research and discussion with a qualified doctor will aid her in the most appropriate personal decision.
If surgery is necessary, options for how the procedure is executed need to likewise be carefully considered. Abdominal incisions can offer a less invasive option as well as create the opportunity for laparoscopic devices to be used. Laparoscopic devices are small cameras inserted to the area surgery will be performed in order to give the doctor a better view. This lessens the instance of mistake and offers the opportunity for the surgeon to identify other problems if they exist. Hysterectomy surgery complications are lessened using the technology, which includes problems during surgery as well as problems encountered even years after. The surgical procedure itself can be accomplished through the abdomen or the vagina. Both offer their share of problems, however it is uncertain whether one is safer than the other due to the lack of adequate statistics. Common side effects of a hysterectomy include hot flashes, fatigue, insomnia, depression, urinary problems, weight gain, headaches, and general irritability. These are just some of the problems that could occur, but only a personal analysis of previous health and current problems will determine the most accurate problems to be concerned about. However, even with the best research and preparation, a woman is vulnerable to any or all of the hysterectomy surgery complications.
Recovery Time After HysterectomyTotal abdominal hysterectomy includes the removal of the ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes, and cervix. Complete removal of all female organs is not as common today as in the past. Doctors recommend that women keep their ovaries unless there is cancer, endometriosis, or another condition that requires they be removed because of health concerns. The procedure usually is done under anesthesia and through an abdominal incision. Recovery time after hysterectomy is normally six weeks unless there are complications. When a woman only has to have the uterus and cervix removed it can be done vaginally and the recovery time is less because there is no abdominal incision made.
Conditions that may warrant a woman having surgery include fibroid tumors, excessive menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, cancer, and uterine prolapse. Fibroids are usually benign, not cancerous, but they can cause pain and complications in women who suffer with them. Excessive menstrual bleeding can be caused by fibroids and is a reason why some women should consider having a total abdominal hysterectomy. Women who suffer with this may also have or develop anemia. Endometriosis is tissue that can cause pain and even infertility in some women. The pain can be so bad that a doctor will recommend the surgery. Uterine prolapse is when the uterus moves from its location and extends into the vagina causing discomfort and sometimes pain. Another reason to consider the operation is the onset of cancer. Normally cancer will be treated first with invasive procedures before surgery is considered. However, in some cases it may be warranted and necessary.
The risks associated with having surgery to remove the female organs may include but are not limited to blood loss, infection, possible damage to other internal organs, urinary incontinence, bladder infections, and bowel problems. Anesthesia used during the operation may cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and dizziness afterwards. Recovery time after hysterectomy will probably include at least three days to one week in the hospital. Because of the abdominal incision there will be restrictions of resuming normal activities for at least six weeks. The recovery time may seem difficult but the woman who uses the extra time to get closer to the Lord will never regret it. The busyness of working full time, raising children, and taking care of a home can often take a toll on the time spent in fellowship with the Lord and other Christians. Making a commitment to talk to the Lord and read His word everyday will not only help with a physical and mental recovery but will provide lasting fruit in the Kingdom of God. "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me" (John 15:4).
Removing a woman's ovaries will cause instant menopause to take place. Some of the symptoms associated with menopause can be very uncomfortable and can lead to depression. Normally a doctor will weigh all of the options and go over any alternatives before doing a total abdominal hysterectomy because of the hormonal changes that take place when removing the ovaries. Hot flashes, insomnia, irritability, cold chills, headache, fatigue, vaginal dryness, and brain fog are some of the common symptoms related to menopause. Alternatives to suffering with symptoms may be to take hormone replacement therapy after the surgery. There are some concerns with using hormone replacement therapy long-term because of the increased risk of developing breast cancer.
A laparascopic supracervical hysterectomy is another alternative to having a larger abdominal incision but is only usually considered for partial removal of the female organs. The laparoscope is a small surgical instrument that includes a video camera. The laparoscope is inserted through several tiny incisions so as to remove the uterus but leave the cervix. Leaving the cervix can help to prevent some of the risks associated with a total abdominal hysterectomy such as urinary incontinence and prolapse. However, a woman who has large fibroids may not be considered for this procedure or a vaginal surgery simply because doing so would require a longer time in the operating room and would take a surgeon who has a lot of skill to perform it.
Women who have received the news from a doctor that they may need to have surgery before they can get well should seek a second opinion from another doctor. Having a hysterectomy can seem like a really scary thing to have to go through especially when this one operation can cause other changes in the body such as the onset of menopause. Another reason to really give this decision some thought is because of the long recovery time after hysterectomy. This will mean having to take off of work for at least six weeks and having help in the home for at least the first week after surgery. Having anxiety about this type of operation is very normal. However, many women who are considering the procedure have been in pain and suffered for a while and are ready to have some relief.
Talking over concerns with a doctor can help to calm some of the anxiety felt from the thought of having surgery. There are many women who have gone through having a total abdominal hysterectomy and are much better for doing so. Every person in the family will need to be supportive and willing to help during the recovery time after hysterectomy. Afterwards a woman may feel very emotional especially with the onset of menopause so other family members need to be as helpful as possible and be there to listen and lend a hand to help in any way that they can. Women who go through this type of experience will do much better if everyone involved is supportive and willing to go that extra mile during the recovery period.