Having a hysterectomy doesn’t necessarily mean you will immediately transition into menopause. There are primarily three different types of hysterectomy surgeries,
- Radical hysterectomy: removal of the uterus, cervix, upper vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Usually the surgery chosen for fast acting cancers.
- Total hysterectomy: complete removal of the uterus and cervix.
- Subtotal hysterectomy: removal of uterus only.
Removal of the uterus and/or cervix will stop menstruation and will prevent you from being able to have any more children, but it will not put you into menopause as well. Menopause occurs when the ovaries stop producing the hormone estrogen. Only in hysterectomy surgeries that remove the ovaries along with the uterus will the symptoms for menopause such as hot flashes begin to occur. For more information on the removal of ovaries, visit our Oophorectomy blog here. The transition into menopause can be slowed or eased with the help of hormone treatment after your radical hysterectomy.
So while a hysterectomy can be a scary thought for many women, it is important to talk with your doctor about your options for surgery and what the expected outcome will be. Your doctor should be able to clearly explain how your body will and won’t change.
For a hysterectomy in Las Vegas, Dr. Lynn Kowalski has performed thousands of successful surgeries, and specializes in minimally invasive surgery with the help of the the da Vinci robot assisted system. She founded the Nevada Surgery and Cancer Center in 2005, and has nearly 20 years of experience performing hysterectomies in Las Vegas. It’s time you get the answers you need if you are considering a hysterectomy in Las Vegas. To make an appointment, visit our website or call 702-739-6467 today.