Think Twice before Getting a Hysterectomy

A gynecologic cancer diagnosis is the most compelling reason to have a hysterectomy. If you have been diagnosed with ovarian, uterine, endometrial, cervical, or vaginal cancer, it is important to consult with a gynecologic oncologist as soon as possible. Quick action can help minimize spreading, upstaging, and other risks. You should also seek a second opinion to help you determine the best treatment for you. Working with your oncologist will help you manage your diagnosis, choose appropriate treatment, and manage follow-up care.A hysterectomy is not usually warranted for minor prolapse, bladder or bowel issues as there are many less invasive options for managing these concerns without removing the uterus.  Pessaries, kegels, avoiding lifting, and losing weight can all help with minor pelvic organ prolapse. For minor bladder and bowel issues, bladder training, strengthening pelvic muscles, certain medications, and/or lifestyle adjustments can be helpful. If you have minor prolapse, bladder, or bowel issues, you can benefit from working with a knowledgeable urogynecologist and/or pelvic floor physical therapist, both of which may be able you manage any symptoms while avoiding a hysterectomy and all of its implications.Uterine hemorrhaging that is life-threatening, uncontrolled, and/or excessive can create serious medical conditions which require immediate treatment. Complications from pregnancy, delivery, surgery, or bleeding disorders can create this type of bleeding situation, and, in some cases, emergency surgery may be necessary. If you experience this type of bleeding, it is critical that you seek immediate medical attention. Quick treatment could help you avoid an emergency hysterectomy.