In certain cases such as uterine or cervical cancer you will probably be left with no option, as will cases where a uterine growth has caused a blockage of your bladder or intestines.
The three main reasons for undertaking a Hysterectomy are to save lives,to improve the quality of life or to correct serious problems that interfere with normal functions.Listed below are some of the most common reasons for the need of a Hysterectomy.
These are swellings of abnormal muscle that grow in the uterus. Fibroids are very common and in a lot of cases do not cause any symptoms but can cause heavy or painful periods in some women. In some cases fibroids can cause urinary symptoms by becoming quite large and pressing on the bladder.
- Complete or total hysterectomy. This type of hysterectomy involves the removal of both the uterus and the cervix. The largest proportion of women undergoing hysterectomy have a complete or total hysterectomy.
- Partial or subtotal hysterectomy; sometimes called supracervical hysterectomy. This type of hysterectomy removes the top two-thirds of the uterus whilst leaving the lower third of the uterus, which is called the cervix, intact. Women who have never had an abnormal Pap smear result may be recommended this type of hysterectomy. In some cases it is believed that a partial or subtotal hysterectomy helps to reduce sex related problems.
Radical hysterectomy. During a radical hysterectomy, the uterus, the cervix, the upper part of the vagina, and supporting tissues are removed. A radical hysterectomy may be deemed necessary for treatment of certain cases of cancer.