Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects about 15% of women and is a major cause of infertility. It causes tissue similar to that in the uterine lining to grow outside the womb, and hysterectomy is a frequent solution.
About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed every year in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The surgery involves removing the uterus, usually due to cancer diagnosis; to treat noncancerous growths called fibroids, and to treat uterine prolapse, in which pelvic floor muscles and ligaments fail to support the uterus.
Unfortunately, patients living with endometriosis are more likely to have complications during and after a hysterectomy, including the need for blood transfusions and increased risk of infection, new research indicates.
Patients with endometriosis are also more likely to have longer procedures and need other surgical procedures at the time of their hysterectomy. These included gastrointestinal surgeries, such as appendectomies or bowel resections, and surgeries affecting ovaries, fallopian tubes and pelvic floor ligaments.
Navigating hysterectomy & endometriosis
If you or a loved one considering a hysterectomy while dealing with endometriosis, the first step is to remember that you are not alone. Many women face this challenging situation, and while it can be complicated, there are ways to make the process smoother and less daunting.
As you weigh the pros and cons of getting a hysterectomy and whether or not is it the right form of treatment for you, here are some tips to help you navigate the intersection of endometriosis and a hysterectomy.
1. Educate Yourself: Knowledge is Power
The first step in dealing with any medical condition is to educate yourself. Learn as much as you can about endometriosis, hysterectomy, and their potential impact on each other. This knowledge will empower you to ask the right questions and make informed decisions.
2. Seek Out Specialists
It’s essential to have a healthcare team that specializes in endometriosis and gynecological surgery. Seek out a surgeon who has
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