Hysterectomy is the name of the surgical procedure performed to remove a uterus. After a hysterectomy, you won’t have menstrual periods and you won’t be able to get pregnant. In some cases, the cervix, fallopian tubes, or ovaries may also be removed at the same time as the uterus.
While the conditions on this list are the most common reasons for performing a hysterectomy, many of them may be treated with other medical or surgical options. Don’t assume that if you’ve been diagnosed with one of these conditions that a hysterectomy is inevitable.
The most conservative treatment to protect the health of your uterus is always the first option considered. Your doctor at The Association for Women’s Health Care will talk with you about all treatment options.
Uterine fibroids: These are noncancerous growths in the wall of the uterus that may cause severe pain or heavy menstrual bleeding.
Heavy or unusual bleeding: A variety of problems can cause abnormal vaginal bleeding, including changes in hormones, fibroids, infection, and cancer.
Uterine prolapse: Prolapse occurs when the uterus drops from its normal place down into the vagina.
Endometriosis: This occurs when tissues that are normally inside the uterus grow outside the uterus. It can cause severe pain and bleeding.
Adenomyosis: A condition in which the uterine walls get too thick due to overgrowth of tissue.
Cancer or precancerous changes: Hysterectomy may be the best option if you have cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix, or endometrium.
There are three types of hysterectomies. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may or may not be removed during any type of hysterectomy:
Since the ovaries produce hormones, you’ll only enter menopause if both of your both ovaries are removed at the same time as your uterus. If this is necessary due to your medical condition, your doctor will discuss hormone replacement therapy and ways to manage menopause.
Not all of the Association of Women’s Health Care (AWHC) physicians participate in all of the plans listed below. Patients are advised to contact their insurance company before an appointment to verify individual physician participation. We suggest that if your insurance does not appear on this list that you call your insurance provider and ask if our practice, or specifically the physician you are going to see, is in-network. *Please note that our insurance plans may change or we may not be accepting certain types of insurance at times, so please contact us at Chicago (312) 726-3917 or Northbrook (847) 498-0690 to check if we take your insurance plan.
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