The human body has the ability to fight diseases to a certain extent, either by itself or with the help of medication. However, when any kind of medication fails to cure a cancerous disease, the last resort left is – amputation or removal of that particular part. Similarly, when the uterus or womb of a woman is infected in any way, or even the parts close to it are infected and beyond repair, they have to be removed. This surgical removal of the ‘uterus’ or womb of a woman is known as “hysterectomy”. The word hysterectomy, in Latin, can be broken up as ‘hyster’ which means uterus and ‘ectomy’ which means removal. This surgery results in the end of a woman’s ability to become a mother.
This procedure has long been known as the most effective treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding. It is generally a very safe procedure and is becoming more so with the evolution of related techniques and technologies.
Recent innovations in hysterectomy surgery have resulted in procedures with less bleeding, reduced time in the operating room and fewer postsurgery issues and complications. Improved techniques for the performance of vaginal hysterectomies also make for faster recovery times.
As hysterectomy dictates the end of a woman’s physical capability to bear children, it is an important event and depending on the patient’s situation may be a very difficult decision. However, in most cases the need for a hysterectomy and the expected results are quite definitive.