A complete hysterectomy is a big deal even though it is the second most common type of operation done in the United States. This procedure involves totaly removing the uterus and cervix. Some women may have the ovaries and fallopian tubes removed also if there is a problem. The purpose of a hysterectomy is to save lives. They are done when you have a life threatening disease that can not be treated any other way. After you have this procedure you will not have your monthly cycle and you can no longer get pregnant. You can also begin to experience hot flashes and depression which is signs of menopause. Do not take this procedure lightly; it is something that you need to consider very carefully.
There are several different medical conditions that will cause women to need a hysterectomy. The most common conditions are Fibroids, Cancer, Uterine Prolapse and Endometriosis. Regardless of the reason for needing this type of operation, it is important that you understand exactly what it involves. If you still want to have children then you may want to try all other options first because as mentioned above after this operation you will no longer be able to. Still, if it is a matter of life or death then you may not have any other option. Make sure that you discus any and all concerns with your health care provider as soon as you find out you may need this operation.
As with any type of operation there are risk when having a complete hysterectomy. Some of the risk includes heavy loss of blood that may even be so severe that you may need a blood transfusion. It is possible for you to have a bowel or bladder injury. After operation it is possible for the wound to pull open and need to be corrected. Since you are given anesthesia it is possible for you to have complications in this area. You also have to consider there is always a risk of infection anytime operation is done.
If you are scheduled for a complete hysterectomy, then you will need to plan for the recovery time in advanced. The average time is between six to eight weeks, but the exact time will depend on your personal health level. The first six to ten days will be spent recovering in the hospital. At the end of this time if you are doing good, then you will be released to return home. It would be best to have someone available to help you for the first few weeks because you will still be weak and need plenty of rest. Make sure you follow all the instruction given you and you should be back to your old routines before you know it.