The Case for an Emergency Hysterectomy

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menstrual-crampsWhen a woman is pregnant, there is a complication that can require her to have an emergency hysterectomy. When her placenta attaches to the uterus in an abnormal way, this can cause placenta accreta. Placenta accreta is a condition in which the placenta grows too deeply into the mother’s uterus, becoming inseparable from the uterine wall. After birth, when the placenta is supposed to be expelled from the uterus, it fails to detach. The placenta accreta can cause increased heavy bleeding during the delivery. The mother will most likely need several blood transfusions, and in some cases, a hysterectomy is required in order to save the mother’s life from a hemorrhage.

Women who have had a previous Caesarean delivery or other uterine surgeries are at higher risk for the condition, as the placenta can implant improperly over the uterine scar. Placenta accreta happens to 1 in 2,500 pregnancies. Fortunately, the diagnosis for placenta accreta is usually spotted early during an ultrasound during the second or third trimester. Your plan for a natural birth will most likely change if you are diagnosed. Most women get a C-section and special delivery procedure so that the mother’s uterus can be spared. Yet things can turn south, requiring a gynecologist to step in that’s prepared to perform a hysterectomy.

Kim Kardashian is in the midst of her second pregnancy, and has recently stated that she has been diagnosed with placenta accreta. She suffered the condition with her first pregnancy, and removing her daughter’s placenta left a small hole in her uterus. Kim’s doctors have warned her of the possibility that she may need a hysterectomy immediately after giving birth.

This can cause anxiety and trauma to a new mother. She faces the fact that if a hysterectomy is needed, her life is in danger, and if she survives, she can no longer bear her own children.

At Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center, we are passionate about helping women in their transition during a hysterectomy and afterwards. We strive to increase awareness for women’s health and hysterectomy awareness. Our own Dr. Lynn Kowalski has been performing hysterectomies for women of all ages since she founded NVSCC in 2005. If you live in the Las Vegas area and have been diagnosed with placenta accreta, you should know your options and what to expect at the time of your birth. Visiting a seasoned and skilled gynecologist like Dr. Kowalski can resolve some of your fears. To contact us, visit our website or call 702-739-6467 for an appointment.

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