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What is a Hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is the surgical procedure of removing one or both uterus of a female. It may involve partial or complete removal of the tissues in the uterus or organs in the surrounding areas. There are many reasons to opt for a hysterectomy treatment, which include uterine fibroids, abnormal bleeding, and even cancer.

Depending on the reason(s) for Hysterectomy, this operation may include the removal of tissues or even organs such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries. After a hysterectomy is done, menstruation stops, and the woman cannot get pregnant anymore.

Signs and Symptoms of Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy surgery may be performed to treat and manage a number of symptoms. These may include:

Types of Hysterectomy

There are various hysterectomy treatment options, and the right treatment may be recommended by the attending doctor, depending on the need for the hysterectomy operation. The different hysterectomy treatment methods at Wockhardt Hospitals include:

Other treatment methods may be tried before Hysterectomy is performed to try and manage the symptoms of related problems such as anemia after a period. If the problems cannot be managed through other forms of treatment, Hysterectomy may be recommended.

When is Hysterectomy Diagnosed?

Before hysterectomy surgery may be decided upon, certain tests may need to be performed to ascertain the need for the surgery. The patient may be asked for medical history, and the doctor may perform a physical examination and other tests such as:

Other treatment methods may be tried before Hysterectomy is performed to try and manage the symptoms of related problems such as anemia after a period. If the problems cannot be managed through other forms of treatment, Hysterectomy may be recommended.

How is Hysterectomy Surgery Performed?

Traditionally, hysterectomy surgery is performed through an incision in the stomach (Abdominal Hysterectomy). Nowadays, most hysterectomy surgeries are performed using Laparoscopic Assisted or Vaginal Hysterectomy, which ensures minimal incision and faster recovery. Hysterectomy can also be performed by total laparoscopic route which gives the fastest recovery.

Before Procedure?

Before the doctor determines hysterectomy surgery is the accurate course of treatment, certain tests may need to be performed for cancer and other diseases. Preparing for the surgery may not need much except for taking good care of the vagina until the day of surgery.

During Procedure?

A hysterectomy is usually performed under general anesthesia, implying that you may not be awake during the surgery. The hysterectomy operation lasts about 1 or 2 hours. A catheter may be attached, and you may be under antibiotic medications to fend off infections. During the procedure, a horizontal or vertical incision may be made depending on the type of hysterectomy surgery required. There are several approaches to the hysterectomy operation which may include:

After Procedure?

After the hysterectomy procedure is performed, you may still be kept under observation to look for complications for a few hours in the hospital. You may go home on the same day of the surgery in case of total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy. In the case of Abdominal Hysterectomy, the recovery period may be longer. The attending doctor will let you know various medical complications after the surgery and ways to avoid them.

Recovery After Hysterectomy 

Although Hysterectomy is not a major surgery, removing your uterus may make you feel exhausted. During the recovery period, you may benefit from engaging in self-care and following the doctor’s instructions for proper recovery. You should also:

Risk Factors for Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy surgery is generally considered to be safe; however, certain risk factors may be present, which may include:

The chances of facing the above risks are minimal to zero at Wockhardt Hospitals, where we inculcate the patient-centric approach. Our highly experienced medical professionals use the most advanced tools & equipment to reap the best possible results with the least complications. 


Hysterectomy is a permanent surgical procedure involving the removal of the female reproductive organs. This cannot be reversed since the uterus and cervix are removed, which cannot be replaced.
At least two weeks of immobilization and bed rest may be recommended after Hysterectomy for up to at least two weeks. Rest is the ultimate healing method after a hysterectomy. Abdominal Hysterectomy may take up to 8 weeks for full recovery, while other types of hysterectomy surgeries may require less time for recovery. During this time, it is recommended to eat healthily, rest as much as possible, and not lift anything heavy.
Hysterectomy should be considered in case of uterine cancer or in case of heavy bleeding that cannot be stopped or managed by other means. In other cases, it may be performed to save the life of the woman. Typically, Hysterectomy may be performed as a last resort when all other treatment methods fail to manage certain health conditions.
While conception is out of the question for the woman going through Hysterectomy, other forms of assisted reproductive technology may help in reproduction, especially if the uterus is still intact and functional. Adoption and surrogacy are other options that are also available.