Hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure among women in the United States. Hysterectomies are performed for a variety of reasons, including the presence of cancer, endometriosis, or a lack of desire to have more children. For the around 500,000 women who have hysterectomies each year, the procedure can be a blessing or the start of a very emotional journey -- or both.
Our team understands that there are a variety of reasons that necessitate hysterectomies, and we understand that everyone may not be ready for life without their uterus. At the offices of Dr. Darin Swainston, our team is here to help you through your hysterectomy journey and to answer questions you may have about anything, from the initial consultation to the recovery.
Does it hurt?
Since a hysterectomy is an invasive procedure, you’ll be placed under general anesthesia. You won’t feel any pain during the actual procedure.
When it comes to your surgery, you have several options for operating sites. Dr. Swainston pioneered and mastered single-site umbilical hysterectomies, which utilizes robotics to quickly perform your hysterectomy while minimizing scarring. Though this is a tempting option, Dr. Swainston will sit down with you to make sure that this is a good option for you.
What is recovery like?
Though the procedure is a common one, you may need at least a month to recover. As you’re resting and healing, you’ll need to take care of yourself. We’ll ask you to avoid lifting objects that are 20 pounds or heavier, get enough rest, and stay hydrated. If you have bleeding, extreme pain, or a fever, please contact us immediately so that we can help you.
How will my sex life change?
After your hysterectomy, you will no longer have a menstrual cycle, and if your ovaries are removed, you’ll no longer produce estrogen. This means that young women who need hysterectomies are no longer able to get pregnant and will experience symptoms of menopause. Some of the menopausal symptoms you may experience include vaginal dryness, loss of sexual desire, and hot flashes. We can prescribe therapies for you to combat these symptoms.
On the brighter side, if you’re getting a hysterectomy for the elimination of pain in your uterus, you may find that your sex life dramatically improves. We can’t make a guarantee that this will be your outcome, but it’s a definite possibility.
Will I be emotional?
Many women are emotional after a hysterectomy. Some are relieved to be rid of a problem like endometriosis or fibroids, but others begin grieving the loss of their womb. Some hysterectomies, despite their necessity, mean that any desire for children in the future won’t come to fruition. This can be devastating for some women, but we can help you through this time, even recommending good grief counselors and therapists.
When you need relief for your feminine health symptoms, we’re here to help and heal. Make an appointment with us at our office in Las Vegas, Nevada.