What You Must Know Before Having A Hysterectomy

If you have been recommended a hysterectomy by your doctor, there are certain facts that you must know before you decide to go ahead with this procedure.

Hysterectomy refers to a major operation where you have part or all of your uterus or womb removed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States every year. (1)

Research shows nearly all of them are elective hysterectomies, which means an option chosen by the patient rather than it being urgently necessary. (2)

And when it comes to the cost, Laparoscopic hysterectomy can come to over $12,000. Not only the financial cost, there’s also a huge emotional cost that’s involved with this procedure that can affect the quality of your life.

Here’s my latest video about hysterectomy:

Medical reasons for a hysterectomy

There are a number of different health problems that can typically lead to someone having a hysterectomy, including:

  • Cancer of the uterus, ovaries or cervix
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids that cause pain, bleeding, or other problems
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • A uterine prolapse
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Thickening of the uterus, also known as Adenomyosis.

Types of hysterectomy

Many people think that a hysterectomy is having only your uterus or womb removed.

But there are a number of different medical procedures that can be part of a hysterectomy, which include removing other parts of a woman’s reproductive system and these are:

  • A total hysterectomy, where the womb and cervix (neck of the womb) are removed; and this is the most commonly performed operation.
  • Subtotal hysterectomy, where the main body of the womb is removed, leaving the cervix in place.
  • A total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – the womb, cervix, Fallopian tubes and the ovaries are removed.
  • Radical hysterectomy, where the womb and surrounding tissues are removed, including the Fallopian tubes, part of the vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue.

Hysterectomy risks

You can imagine how big an upheaval having an operation like this is for you and your body, so it’s definitely worth knowing what risks are associated with having hysterectomy, including:

  • Infections
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • An adverse reaction to the anesthesia
  • Damage to your urinary tract, rectum, bladder or other structures during surgery, which may then require surgical repair
  • Recent research also indicates that you may face increased long-term risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain metabolic conditions after having a hysterectomy, especially if you have the surgery before the age of 35. (3)
  • And rarely, but still needs mentioning actual death

Now if one or both of your ovaries are left intact and only the uterus is removed in the surgery, then the ovaries are still capable of hormone production.

But if the ovaries are removed as part of the hysterectomy, this is then called a surgical (or induced) menopause, and menopausal symptoms will start right away following the surgery.

The sudden menopause brought on by the surgical removal of the ovaries can often result in exaggerated and more severe symptoms of menopause than when menopause occurs naturally.

These changes can affect your sex drive, cause hot flashes and changes in your mood.

Another possibility is that ovarian failure will occur earlier than the expected time of menopause, as early as 1 to 2 years following the hysterectomy.

18% of hysterectomies might not be unnecessary

One of the reasons why I wanted to make this video in the first place is this: not all hysterectomies are actually necessary.

According to a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, nearly ONE in FIVE women who agrees to have a hysterectomy may not actually need this procedure. (4)

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Sources:
  1. https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/an-overview-of-hysterectomy
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3804006/
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/abdominal-hysterectomy/about/pac-20384559
  4. https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/ehs-noi010615.php

 

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11 thoughts on “What You Must Know Before Having A Hysterectomy

  •   Tri  |   

    Ladies! I highly recommend you sign up with Yulia and have her help you get on track with your eating/lifestyle. I was diagnosed with 2 huge fibroids on the inside wall of my uterous when I was in my early 50’s… after years of super heavy painful periods and then almost 2 years before the diagnosis of practically hemorrhaging every couple of weeks. Of course, they told me I would need to have everything removed. It went against everything I believed in in the deepest core of my being. I had been into ‘health’ since I was 17… eating, what I thought was a healthy vegetarian diet which, of course, evolved through the years as I learned more and more. When I was 38 I discovered Dr. Walker and the raw food diet – there were only a handful of us out there at the time… and did that for 6 months and felt better than I had ever felt in my life… but I didn’t keep it up – I was still young enough and thought, healthy enough, that it didn’t matter so much… and so over the next decade slipped back into a more lacto-ovo veg diet. In my late 40’s I started getting big benign lumps in my breasts that the doctor would remove with needles. It was sooooo scary everytime I got one… never knowing if this time it wouldn’t be benign – which the doctor said could be the case at some point. I never forgot how great I felt those 6 months on raw… I just KNEW in my heart it was the way to go with this.. so my hubby and I dove in. It was a whole new world. High fat gourmet raw had hit the health scene! I was in heaven! It was so easy to give up the eggs, yogurt and cheese I was eating… Within 2 weeks a smaller lump in my right breast was gone. Within 6 weeks a huge one in my left was also gone. But it didn’t really help with my bleeding and other issues I was having with my cycle and hormones. A friend of mine, who had been on a raw path for many years suggested I might be eating too much fat. My mind couldn’t grok this. I had heard my whole life how important it was to have ‘healthy’ fat in the diet… olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds – the more the better! Then the fibroid challenge came to change my life! When I got the diagnosis I was actually relieved. At least I knew what I was dealing with. I sat in the car afterward and put my hands on my belly and started talking to them. I decided to make friends with them. I thought to myself ‘I am not a warring person. There is already to much war and hostility in this world. Tearing my uterous out seems so invasive and hostile. I want to love you and whatever is happening in there… I want to get to know you too and work on this together.” I decided to name my fibroids. FIBRIANA FIBROIDS… I love italy and the fiesty wild sexy women there who embrace and love life! I spoke to them everyday and asked them how they were doing and let them know it was fine they were there for now because they were my teachers and that I was learning everything I could about how to send them on their way with love and blessings. My husband and I researched everything we could about healing fibroids naturally and read a book by a well known OB/GYN who used food and nutrition to heal them. He happened to be about an hour away from us, so I took money out of my savings and went to see him. LOL!!! I spent $2,000 to have him tell me I was already at the top level of where he strives to get his patients with their eating habits! He was actually asking me questions! He recommended expensive supplements and powders and told me how important it is to use tools like meditation and visualization to keep stress levels down… I couldn’t keep up with the supplements and powders so kept honing my diet and learning more and more, which eventually led me to people like Doug Graham, Dan McDonald, FRK… sooooooo many lights on this path!!! And, of course the beautiful YULIA AND PAUL TARBATH!!! I began to understand what my friend was trying to tell me about the fat connection in all of this. When I started to make that change… lowering my fat intake, eliminating processed oils… eating more and more water rich fruits and veggies.. that’s when things began to shift. It took about 6 months.. but the day finally came that the Fibriana Sisters decided it was time to say goodbye. I haven’t heard from them since! In a way I sort of sad to see them go. They taught me so much! So, again… listen to Yulia! I love that she is so present to women and their health issues. If I’d had her to coach and guide me in my earlier years on this path I doubt I would’ve ever even met the Fibrana Sisters. And if I’d known about her after I did meet them she would’ve save me two thousand bucks! Ha! Ha! Ha! Anyway… Thank you for listening.. I’ve wanted to tell my story to other women for years, and after watching Yulia’s video, I knew it was time. Blessings on your journeys to vibrant radiant health!! Tri (Trilicioiuslyraw)

    •   Rawsomehealthy  |   

      Absolutely well done with healing your fibroids, Tri! Yet another success story, thank you for sharing this!

  •   Marcia  |   

    Have woman with a prolapse uterus been able to heal with the correct diet? I’m not overweight — actually underweight, and it also seems to run in our family. Thanks!

  •   Carrie D  |   

    I had a radical hysterectomy and lymph node removal due to cancer 11 yrs ago, For me it was the best thing and having 4 children already i never mourned the loss of any part of me, I always had a positive frame of mind that i lived , Would i do it again? Not so sure now that i know diet and exercise can help heal us, But i truly had an amazing surgeon that used key hole surgery. I do follow a more natural approach to health and wellness now thankfully. I encourage anyone to research all your options first.

  •   Kat4Animals00  |   

    Thank you for this video. Two women close to me both age of 50 had a hysterectomy in the last couple months. I believe the main reason for both of them as far as I understand is very extremely painful periods and very heavy each cycle. They were both checked for cancers and neither has any cancer but did have some fibroids. I sometimes have a heavy and painful cycle and I look forward to not having to deal with this every 3 weeks. I’m ready for menopause!

    •   Rawsomehealthy  |   

      Hi Kat, it’s possible to reduce the period and pelvic pain naturally through nutrition and lifestyle changes, so keep working on your body!

  •   Joan Collins Joan Collins  |   

    Had very heavy and frequent periods in my forties. Diagnosed with fibroids. Already had my 4 beautiful children. Had a laparoscopic hysterectomy and bladder uplift and repair, with only 2 weeks off work, post surgery. Small complication with my catheter, having to go home from hospital with it for a week, to rest my bladder. Back to hospital for just an overnight stay, to have it removed and to monitor urine output. The surgery was a positive experience for me, as it gave me a whole new and active life. Loved this video, as I agree that so many women do not need the surgery. For me, I requested it, and had to fight my way through the traditional medical hoopla. Ended up using my health insurance and going private, with very little waiting list. If I had been under 35, or hadn’t finished having my family, it would have been a completely different story. I do not feel any less of a woman without a cervix, uterus, ovary and fallopian tube removed. Thank you for your fabulous videos! Love them. xo

    •   Rawsomehealthy  |   

      Thank you Joan.

  •   Jeannette Summers  |   

    I was scared into a partial hysterectomy 2 years ago. I was in shock and denial for a year and have been in mourning since it hit me that I could have avoided it all together. The surgeon was so adamant that my uterus was enlarged and full of fibroids and that it would never get better. I am seriously heartbroken because I believed her.

    •   Rawsomehealthy  |   

      Jeannette, you did the best you knew back then. On a positive note, you can help your body function at it’s healthy level through diet and lifestyle, it needs our help and support.

      •   Jeannette Summers  |   

        Rawsomehealthy I totally agree with you. I am a fruitarian now and have seen so much healing in my body since I learned from this experience and delved into health and nutrition research with all my heart and soul. ❤

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