A hysterectomy surgically removes your uterus to enhance your health or well-being when you’re dealing with certain health issues. John Judd, MD, is pleased to assist women in need of hysterectomies at Midwest Urogynecology in St. Louis, Missouri. To find out if you’re a good candidate or begin the surgery process, call our office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the uterus. The three main types include:
No matter which type of procedure you have, your ovaries and fallopian tubes may be removed or left in place. Surgical removal of the ovaries is called an oophorectomy. Removal of fallopian tubes is called a salpingectomy.
Dr. Judd may recommend a hysterectomy if you have:
Numerous surgical approaches are used to facilitate hysterectomies. The most common is an open abdominal surgery. For this procedure, incisions are made on your belly, through which your uterus is removed. Other approaches include:
Most hysterectomies successfully reduce problems and do not lead to serious complications. As with any major procedure, however, there are risks including:
After your hysterectomy, your body promptly enters menopause. If you still have your ovaries, you reach menopause sooner than usual, but not right away. Rest as needed enhances your recovery. Dr. Judd may make other recommendations as well, such as avoiding penetrative sex and lifting heavy objects for six weeks or so.