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Esquema que explica la histerectomía

Surgery that removes the uterus and fibroids

Hysterectomy is a major surgery (i.e., it’s an invasive procedure) by which the uterus is removed. Although there are different types of hysterectomy, the most commonly used for fibroids is the so-called partial hysterectomy, where the body of the uterus is removed but the cervix and ovaries are left in place. However, depending on each patient’s specific case, other types of hysterectomy may be more suitable.

Hysterectomy is a definitive solution to fibroids because it ends with them and with the possibility of any future recurrence by removing the uterus. After a hysterectomy menstruation no longer occurs and there is significant improvement in pelvic pressure and in constant urinary urgency.

This procedure ends with fertility; once it has been performed, pregnancy is no longer possible.

There are 3 types of hysterectomy:

Open or Abdominal Hysterectomy

The typical procedure is by open surgery, using a bikini cut or horizontal incision in the lower abdomen (though in the presence of other scars from previous procedures, such as a C-section, the cut will be vertical). Once the abdomen cavity is open, the uterus and fibroid(s) are surgically removed.

  • Requires general anesthesia.
  • Requires 2 to 3 days of hospital stay and postoperative recovery takes 6 to 8 weeks.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

This is a surgical technique to remove fibroids and the uterus through four 1-cm incisions in the abdomen, which has a milder impact on the patient.

Using these incisions, practitioners fill the abdomen with gas (carbon dioxide) and introduce a microscopic camera to clearly see and locate the uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes, etc. Then they introduce special tools to remove the uterus and cauterize wounds.

  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy reduces the risk of complications because the skin cuts are very small.
  • It is performed under general anesthesia.
  • It requires 1 to 2 days of hospital stay.
  • Recovery takes 2 to 3 weeks.

Vaginal Hysterectomy

It is a performed via the vagina, without incisions in the abdomen.

  • Depending on your health condition and your case particulars, vaginal hysterectomy can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia (epidural or spinal).
  • It requires 2 to 3 days of hospital stay.
  • Recovery takes 3 weeks.

Complications, risks, and discomfort associated with hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a safe surgical procedure that rarely presents complications. Some of the risks associated to it are:

  • That you may require a blood transfusion to compensate possible blood loss during surgery.
  • The risks associated with anesthesia.
  • Reaction to any of the substances used during the procedure (such as carbon dioxide).
  • Risk of injury to any of the surrounding structures, such as cervix, bladder, or Fallopian tubes.
  • The risks associated with any surgery.


Interesting facts about hysterectomy

Pain during recovery Moderate to severe
Hospital stay 60 hours
Recovery at home 7 to 42 days
Type of sedation
Sedative  It is not required    Local anesth.  It is not required  General anesth.  It is required

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  • Clinical history and registration of your personal preferences.
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  • Assessment of your fibroid condition by a medical council of experts.
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