When Should Women Consider a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a section of or the entire woman's uterus, and it's a decision that requires careful thought and consultation with a healthcare provider. At Essential Women's Health Associates, with locations in Las Vegas, NV and Henderson, NV, Dr. Samantha Schoenhaus specializes in women's health and offers expert advice on when a hysterectomy might be the right option. Reasons for a hysterectomy explored below include uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and heavy bleeding.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in or around the uterus. They can vary widely and may be as small as a seed or as large as a grapefruit. While some women with fibroids experience no symptoms, others suffer from pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, or pressure in the pelvic area. Fibroids can lead to complications in pregnancy and may cause fertility issues. If other treatments, such as medications or less invasive surgeries, are unsuccessful or the fibroids are unusually large, a hysterectomy may be recommended to alleviate symptoms.
Endometriosis is a complex and often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. This abnormal growth can lead to chronic pelvic pain, especially during menstruation, and may form scar tissue that can interfere with fertility. The symptoms of endometriosis can vary, but they often include pain during intercourse, bowel movements, or urination. For women with severe endometriosis who have not found relief through other means, we may consider a hysterectomy to remove the affected tissue and provide long-term relief.
Chronic or excessive menstrual bleeding is a common yet distressing problem that many women face. This condition, known as menorrhagia, can significantly impact daily life, leading to anemia, fatigue, and emotional stress. When heavy bleeding persists despite other medical interventions, Dr. Schoenhaus and her team may offer a hysterectomy.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: A less invasive method
One of the methods for performing a hysterectomy is through laparoscopic hysterectomy, a minimally invasive procedure. This technique uses small incisions and special instruments, allowing for quicker recovery times and a reduced risk of complications compared to more traditional or open hysterectomy procedures. Essential Women's Health Associates prides itself on utilizing the latest technologies, and laparoscopic hysterectomy is one of the options available to patients, depending on their needs and symptoms.
A personalized approach to a hysterectomy decision
Deciding to have a hysterectomy is a personal and significant decision. Dr. Samantha Schoenhaus at Essential Women's Health Associates in Las Vegas, NV and Henderson, NV, will work closely with you to determine the best course of action, considering all factors related to your reasons for a hysterectomy. Whether it's uterine fibroids, endometriosis, heavy bleeding, or another condition, we offer a tailored approach, including laparoscopic hysterectomy options. If you think a hysterectomy may be the right choice, don't hesitate to contact Essential Women's Health Associates to schedule a consultation. We're here to provide support, knowledge, and compassionate care every step of the way.