Partial hysterectomy side effects may vary greatly or slightly in form, degree or severity from one patient to the other. Undergoing hysterectomy can be highly frightening experience. Some people do no want to think, imagine or even believe that they are going to have their uterus removed. Many patients have unending questions and concerns about this procedure. In addition to the risk posed by the procedure itself, there are some other side effects that may arise from the conditions which results after the successful procedure of removal of the uterus. As you may suspect, it will be practically imposable for woman to become pregnant after her uterus has been removed.
Because of the side effects, partial hysterectomy is only performed when it is necessary in view of the underlying health conditions of the patient. Surgeons and doctors will only recommend the surgery if there is no other alternative that can manage, treat or cure the condition that the patient is suffering from. Very many side effects have been reported bay different patients across the world. In some instances, the link between the procedure and these side effects has not been established; weight gain, hair loss, fluctuations in hormones, and decrease in desire for sex.
Types of partial hysterectomy side effects
Partial hysterectomy side effects are of various types. Most of them are physical but others are motional or psychological. Some of the side effects may be only bother within some few weeks after the procedure but some others may be permanent or more serious. Some of the aside effects such as loss of hair may be caused by changes in hormonal balance while others may result from the complications of the procedure itself.
The following are the possible side effects following this procedure.
- Hot flashes
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Loss of menstrual monthly periods
- Inability to conceive or o become pregnant because of removal of uterus
- Mood swings
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Damage to other organs
- Pelvic pain
- Bone density loss
- Height loss
- Decrease in the hormone levels
- Vaginal prolapsed
- Early menopause (even if there is no removal of ovaries)
- Hair Loss
- Night sweats
- Severe pain
- Lack of fertility
- Vaginal dryness
- Loss sexual pleasure
- Inability to work for six to eight weeks after the procedure
- Complications from anesthesia
- Cardiovascular Diseases
- Vaginal vault shortening
- Psychological sense of loss ( some women feel that they have lost their womanhood after removal of the uterus)
- Cervical cancer (because the cervix is not removed during partial hysterectomy)
You are advised to report any side effects that you experience to your physician even if they are minor and transient in nature. The severity of form of the side effects may also vary depending on the manner in which the procedure is carried out. Partial hysterectomy can be performed through the vagina or abdomen. If it is done abdominally, a large incision will be made and that poses serious side effects and risk than if it performed through the vagina.