Hysterectomy 2

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hysterectomy is usually performed for problems with the uterus itself or problems with the entire female reproductive complex. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the most common indications for women to have the procedure in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

These are the most common indications for women to have hysterectomies:

Uterine fibroidsfibroids are common, non-cancerous tumors that grow in the muscle of the uterus. Symptoms from uterine fibroids are the most common reason for hysterectomies.

Endometriosisoccurs when endometrial tissue, the inside lining of the uterus, grows outside the uterus on nearby organs. This condition causes painful menstrual periods, abnormal vaginal bleeding and sometimes loss of fertility.

Uterine prolapsedthis is a condition in which the uterus moves from its usual place down into the vagina. Uterine prolapse is due to weak and stretched pelvic ligaments and tissues. Childbirth, obesity and loss of estrogen after menopause may contribute to this problem.

Cancersaccount for 10 percent of all hysterectomies. Depending on the type and extent of the cancer, other treatments such as radiation or hormonal therapy may also be used.

Other indications for hysterectomies include chronic pelvic pain, heavy bleeding during or between periods and chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.