An abdominal hysterectomy is a surgery that involves removes of the uterus through an incision in the lower abdominal region. While there are various other approaches to a hysterectomy, abdominal hysterectomy is preferred in cases where:
Common risks associated with an abdominal hysterectomy are:
Prior to the surgery, it is best to get all the information you can about the surgery. Speak to your gynaecologist to get all your doubts cleared & questions answered.
Follow doctor’s advice on use of your medications, especially a few days prior to the surgery. Understand the kind of anesthesia that would be required.
Your doctor would recommend tests such as the following:
The day before the surgery, the patient would be asked to shower with a soap recommended by the surgeon to lower risk of infection. Preoperative cleansing of the patient’s vagina & rectum may also be done. Just before the surgery, the patient would be given intravenous antibiotic medications to lower risk of infections.
To perform hysterectomy, the surgeon will make either a vertical incision (from below the navel to above pubic bone) or a horizontal incision (about an inch above the pubic bone). The type of incision depends on:
If the hysterectomy is being performed for large fibroids, malignancies or endometriosis, incision is most likely to be vertical.
Abdominal hysterectomy requires a stay of couple of days in the hospital. In some cases it could be longer. The patient is likely to have vaginal bleeding & discharge for several days or weeks post the surgery.
The incision will heal over time, but the scar will remain.
Hysterectomy brings about some permanent changes to a patient’s life.
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