A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus. This surgery may be done for different reasons, including:
- Uterine fibroids that cause pain, bleeding, or other problems
- Uterine prolapse, which is a sliding of the uterus from its normal position into the vaginal canal
- Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Adenomyosis, or a thickening of the uterus
How is a Candidate for Hysterectomy?
Women undergo total abdominal hysterectomy for several reasons, such as uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, uterus cancer, cervical cancer, abnormal bleeding, and chronic pelvic pain. An abdominal hysterectomy is considered when other treatment options fail to treat or manage the condition.
Total abdominal hysterectomy is the best option over other types of hysterectomy if the woman:
Has a large uterus
Never had a child
Have large fibroids
However, after reviewing the overall health condition of the woman, the doctor will decide whether she is eligible for abdominal hysterectomy or not.