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Hysterectomy: The progress of the operation

Hyestérectomie: the course of the operation. In the vast majority of cases, when there is suspicion of cancer, the surgeon will have to "open". In other words, the surgeon makes an incision a few centimeters down the abdomen. But if there is no suspicion of cancer and the uterus is small, it can pass through the vagina (after laparoscopy).

The duration of the hysterectomy varies depending on what the surgeon must do. In case of cancer, the operation will of course be longer. He may, in some cases, perform the analysis of a sentinel lymph node. Hysterectomy can be performed under general anesthesia or regional epidural anesthesia.

The complications of these procedures are very rare, and few women complain of pain afterwards. Finally, we must know that there is never a vacuum in the belly: it is the intestines that come after take the place of removed organs. And in the normal state, a uterus measures only 8 cm on average.

The consequences of this operation

In the case of a hysterectomy with preservation of the ovaries, there is almost no consequence. This operation does not weigh on the libido and we can quite resume normal sexuality then.

However, if after the operation, you have concerns, do not hesitate to address this issue with your surgeon.

However, during a hysterectomy without preservation of the ovaries, the consequences are much heavier: loss of libido, vaginal dryness, flushing, insomnia, sometimes even depression and, of course, early menopause. Nevertheless, we must not lose hope, because there is a hormonal treatment that can reduce these effects.

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