Partial hysterectomy is one of the procedures are frequently performed by surgeons across the world. The procedure involves the removal of only the uterus. Like most other medical procedures there are many myths about this surgical procedure. As the patient, it is important to learn of the facts so as to know the truth. Here below are some of the myths and facts about this procedure.
MYTH: Sex will become better after partial hysterectomy
FACT: this procedure involves the removal of the uterus and this leads to loss of orgasm that originates from the uterus. This is one of the major side effects of the procedure. The worst fact to note is that the condition cannot be reversed. The removal of uterus can cause decrease in desire for sex. Those who say that sex will become better after the procedure are not fully informed, or they are insincere because they base their argument on the shallow thinking that the woman cannot become pregnant and so can do it anytime she feels like. In fact, statistics show that women who undergo this procedure may be emotionally stressed or depressed. Most of them do not come to terms with the fact that their most important sexual organ has been removed.
MYTH: partial hysterectomy is safe
FACT: generally speaking, there is no surgical procedure that is 100% safe. All the surgical procedures and processes are associated with some certain degree of risk and partial hysterectomy is not an exception. Of notable importance is that in performing this procedure, a doctor makes incision through the abdomen so as to reach the uterus. The uterus is then detached from its ligaments and supply of blood and then removed. The surgery is therefore invasive and poses various risks such as damage to organs, infection of the wound, and permanent scar on the abdomen. Therefore, even of the procedures is performed successfully it still poses some certain risks to the patient.
MYTH: partial hysterectomy is better than total hysterectomy
FACT: hysterectomy procedure that fundamentally changes the life of a woman whether it is partial, total or radial. Total hysterectomy involves removal of cervix and uterus while radial hysterectomy which involves removal of oviducts, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, lymph nodes, and vagina’s top portion. Partial hysterectomy involves the removal of only the uterus but it cannot be said to better than the other two procedures in the strict sense of the word because it equally poses some risks. Although its time of recovery is shorter than the total or radial hysterectomy, it may not be so if it is performed through the abdominal procedure. In any case, the procedure should be performed to alleviate the pains or suffering caused by conditions such as ovarian or uterus cancer, pelvic pains caused by endometriosis oar fibroids, etc.
In conclusion, partial hysterectomy poses some risks which the patient should be aware of. The surgery should only be performed as the last option when there is no other procedure or alternative that can save the condition. The surgeons and other medical professionals should inform their patients about the truth and facts of this procedure.