Hysterectomy surgery is an operation to remove your womb (uterus) and, possibly one or both of your fallopian tubes and ovaries. It is performed to treat conditions that affect your reproductive system when other treatments haven’t worked.
What is hysterectomy surgery?
A hysterectomy is major surgery that removes your womb. It is carried out to treat heavy periods, long-term pelvic pain, fibroids (non-cancerous tumours), uterine prolapse (weak uterine support causes your womb to drop down from its normal position), endometriosis (cells that line the womb end up in other areas of your body and reproductive system) and, ovarian cancers or cancer of the womb or cervix.
As your womb is removed during hysterectomy surgery, afterwards you will not be able to have children or have periods any more. If you have ovary removal, you will go through the menopause.
What are the different types of hysterectomy?
- Total hysterectomy – the most commonly performed hysterectomy procedure, where your womb and cervix (neck of the womb) are removed.
- Subtotal hysterectomy – also known as a partial hysterectomy. The top part of your womb is removed and your cervix is left in place.
- Total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy – your womb, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries are removed.
- Radical hysterectomy – your womb and its surrounding tissues are removed, including your fallopian tubes, part of your vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue.
The type of hysterectomy surgery you have will depend on why you need the operation and how much of your womb and surrounding reproductive system can safely be left in place.
What does the hysterectomy surgery involve?
Hysterectomy surgery usually takes about an hour and is carried out under general anaesthetic. This may vary depending on the type of hysterectomy you have. Your surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail with you and answer any of your questions.
There are three ways to perform a hysterectomy:
• vaginal hysterectomy – a cut through your vagina allows your surgeon to remove your womb (and fallopian tubes/ovaries if necessary).
• abdominal hysterectomy – your womb (and fallopian tubes/ovaries if necessary) is removed through a large cut in your lower abdomen.
• laparoscopic hysterectomy - keyhole surgery whereby a tube-like camera and special surgical instruments are passed through small cuts in your abdomen to remove your womb (and fallopian tubes/ovaries if necessary).
What complication can happen after the hysterectomy surgery?
Most women who have a hysterectomy do not experience any complications. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a small risk of complications including; heavy bleeding, wound infection, damage to your bladder or bowel, developing a haematoma, secondary premature ovarian failure, pelvic prolapse, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and, a serious reaction to the general anaesthetic.
You may also experience some short-term side effects such as; bowel and bladder changes, vaginal discharge and, menopausal and emotional symptoms.
What is the cost of the hysterectomy surgery?
If you decide to pay for your treatment, Ramsay offer an all-inclusive Total Care package, where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price, delivering direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance. You can also spread the cost of your treatment with finance options available.
The hysterectomy surgery may be covered by your medical insurance policy. We advise you to check directly with your insurance provider and get written confirmation before commencing treatment.
Recovering from a hysterectomy surgery
Hysterectomy recovery can vary for every woman and also depends on the type of hysterectomy surgery performed.
Vaginal and abdominal hysterectomies require a hospital stay of two to four days. Laparoscopic hysterectomy is less invasive, with smaller scars and, a quicker recovery period to traditional hysterectomy surgery, so you can expect to be in hospital for one to two days.
It can take up to a couple of months to recover fully. Some women return to work after three weeks, others after two months. You may want to wait four to six weeks for your scar to fully heal before you start having sex again.
Your gynaecologist will give you advice for your recovery which you should follow.
Hysterectomy surgery with Ramsay Health Care
At Ramsay Health Care we are committed to delivering excellent individual and personalised care across our network of private hospitals around the UK.
Our dedicated, highly experienced and compassionate consultant gynaecologists together with their support team will look after you and provide the best care for you.
All the treatment you require including your choice of consultant, nursing care, physiotherapy, hospital accommodation plus freshly prepared meals and, a follow up consultation with your gynaecologist are included in your Ramsay Total Care package.
Contact us to book an appointment.