Abdominal Hysterectomy in Adelaide
Abdominal hysterectomy is a surgical procedure where the uterus is removed through a large incision made in the abdomen. This method of hysterectomy is also known as open surgery because the incision is made through the skin, muscles, and tissues of the abdomen, allowing the surgeon to access and remove the uterus.
Abdominal hysterectomy is typically recommended for cases where the uterus is large, or if there are other complications that make it difficult to remove the uterus through other methods, such as laparoscopic or vaginal hysterectomy. Some common reasons for an abdominal hysterectomy include the presence of large fibroids or tumours, endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, or cancer of the reproductive organs.
The procedure typically involves making a 15-20 cm incision in the lower abdomen, and the surgeon will carefully separate the uterus from the surrounding tissues and blood vessels before removing it from the body. Depending on the specific case, the surgeon may also remove other reproductive organs, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or cervix.
Abdominal hysterectomy is a major surgical procedure that requires general anaesthesia and typically involves a longer hospital stay and recovery period than other methods of performing a hysterectomy. Patients may experience some pain, discomfort, and fatigue for several weeks after the surgery and will need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and sexual activity for a period of time as they heal. However, for some women, an abdominal hysterectomy can offer significant benefits and relief from the symptoms of their underlying condition.
This procedure may be recommended when other treatment options have been unsuccessful, or if the condition poses a significant risk to the patient's health and well-being. It's important for women to discuss all of their options with their healthcare provider and to carefully weigh the potential risks and benefits of an abdominal hysterectomy before making a decision.
In some cases, alternative treatments such as medication, hormonal therapy, or less invasive surgical options may be more appropriate for a patient's individual needs and circumstances.
For more information about the treatment, or to arrange a consultation with Dr Mandana Master at Burnside Women’s Health in Adelaide, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (08) 8364 3642, or fill in the contact form below.