While it’s one of the most common surgical procedures in the country, many women don’t know the basics regarding why a hysterectomy in Arizona is needed when it’s not. Today we’re exploring the most common myths surrounding the procedure.
Myth: Only older women with cancer should have a hysterectomy.
Women of all ages have hysterectomies for a variety of reasons, including:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding Uterine fibroids;
- Uterine prolapse;
- Pelvic inflammatory disease;
Myth: During a hysterectomy, the entire uterus is taken out.
There are actually three different types of hysterectomies and depending on a woman’s medical reason for the hysterectomy, a surgeon may choose to remove all or part of their uterus.
Myth: Vaginally is the only way to execute a hysterectomy.
There are actually three ways surgeons perform hysterectomies: abdominally, vaginally, or with robotic assistance. Once a woman has decided upon her method of hysterectomy in Arizona, the surgeon will consider how the operation may be performed most safely to meet the patient’s medical needs.
Myth: Robot-assisted hysterectomies should be avoided.
Robotic surgery is a great option for many women who opt for a hysterectomy in Arizona. But it is especially beneficial for those who have a minimally invasive type of hysterectomy; not for those who are undergoing a more invasive procedure.
Myth: You will immediately enter into menopause after having a hysterectomy.
Because a hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus, not your ovaries, menopause only occurs if you have your ovaries removed as well. Because removal of the ovaries is sometimes performed at the time of hysterectomy, many people mistakenly think that is always part of the procedure.
Myth: You can still get pregnant if you have a partial hysterectomy.
Following a hysterectomy, you’ll no longer menstruate. Because a hysterectomy in Arizona means the end of fertility, some women wait to have the procedure until their families are complete.
Myth: Hormone therapy is not an option if the ovaries are removed prior to the procedure.
Hormone therapy can begin immediately following surgery. Once the ovaries are removed, a woman is at greater risk for osteoporosis, which occurs when bones because weak. Hormone therapy can be utilized to relieve one’s signs and symptoms of menopause and can help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Myth: You can no longer have sex if you’ve had a hysterectomy.
How soon you can have intercourse following a hysterectomy really depends on the type of hysterectomy you got. Generally, two to four weeks after surgery it is okay to resume intercourse if your cervix was not removed.
Myth: Recovery from a hysterectomy is extremely long and painful.
Everyone is different, but generally, recovery depends on the type of hysterectomy performed. Each type has faster recovery times than the abdominal option.
Have more questions regarding hysterectomy in Arizona or want to know if it’s right for you? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns or questions.