Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the womb and cervix, and usually the Fallopian tubes as well.
This procedure might be carried out to treat menorrhagia, cancer, or severe endometriosis, fibroids, or severe prolapse if previous surgical repair has failed. For heavy periods, there is also now an alternative option called endometrial ablation which just removes the womb lining, leaving the uterus itself intact. It is carried out by passing a hysteroscope through the cervix, and so is far less invasive and final than a hysterectomy, but can be less successful.
When to seek further professional advice
If you suffer from the above mentioned aliments your doctor will discuss the advantages with you of having a hysterectomy.
Aromatherapy: The aromatherapeutic post-operative treatment conducted by an aromatherapist will help to prevent secondary infection, enhance tissue repair and uplift the psychological and emotional state of the patient.
Massage may help to lift the spirits by giving a 'feel-good' factor to the woman who is receiving the massage.
Yoga treatment may involve gentle asanas, relaxation, pranayama and meditation.
Hypnotherapy can be useful, with suggestion therapy and also hypno-healing. Other useful therapies/treatments include: Colour therapy, Homeopathy, Western Herbalism, Chiropractic treatment and Bach flower Remedies.
A full hysterectomy will be done under general anaesthetic. It may be done by the more common abdominal route or the technically more difficult vaginal route which leaves no visible scars. Both of these operations are followed by a two- to- three month convalescence period.
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