Abdominal Hysterectomy for Fibroids
Though there are several different types of hysterectomies, not all choices are appropriate for all women. Many surgeonsare not able to perform every hysterectomy type so they can only offer a choice for which they have training and skill. Additionally, not all medical facilities have the equipment necessary for all hysterectomy types.
Other reasons a surgeon may recommend an abdominal hysterectomy include large fibroids, an enlarged uterus, cancer concerns, endometriosis, and/or adhesions. However, a surgeon who is skilled with laparoscopic and/or daVinci methods may be able to perform the hysterectomy using one of those two methods and avoid an abdominal hysterectomy.
If for some reason the fibroid cannot be delivered vaginally, or it cannot be cut into smaller pieces to be removed through a small incision in the abdomen, then an abdominal incision may be necessary. But before consenting to that hysterectomy type, seek a second opinion from someone who specializes in treating complex cases. A gynecological surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive surgeries (MIS) may have the skills necessary to offer you a less invasive hysterectomy option.
Work with your medical team to find what is best for you, and be sure you are comfortable with the choices they offer you. Seek a second opinion to ensure not only that a hysterectomy the right treatment option, but also that the suggested hysterectomy type is the best one for you, too.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Reprinted with permission: Abdominal Hysterectomy for Fibroids