Surgeon shines light on hysterectomy procedures

26 January 2017

Thousands of women every year undergo a hysterectomy procedure and it is one of the more popular self-pay procedures at Spire Parkway, but many are still not fully aware of why the operation is needed or the type of surgery involved.

Ms Shirin Irani, a Consultant Gynaecologist at Spire Parkway Hospital, explained: “Hysterectomy refers to an operation done to remove the womb (uterus). This may or may not be associated with removal of the cervix, tubes and ovaries.

“It is usually performed after child bearing age as, after a hysterectomy, women stop their periods and can no longer become pregnant.

“It is a very commonly-performed surgery with over 30,000 women in England undergoing the procedure each year either privately, or through the NHS.

“However, it must be stressed that it is a major operation both physically and, for many, emotionally. It will only normally be considered when other less invasive treatments have been tried.”

Conditions that might result in a hysterectomy include:

  • heavy periods (menorrhagia) after other medical options prove unsuccessful
  • long-term pelvic pain including endometriosis
  • non-cancerous tumours (fibroids)
  • prolapse
  • ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer

Ms Irani goes on to explain the different types of hysterectomy procedures available. She said:

“In many cases hysterectomies are carried out using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. This results in minimal cuts on the tummy, less post-operative pain and an earlier return to normal activity.”

Other operations include:

  • abdominal hysterectomy - this is the traditional approach to hysterectomy and is commonly performed through a bikini cut in the tummy. It is usually carried out on women who, for a variety of reasons, are not suitable for or for who it is not feasible to do hysterectomy via keyhole surgery.
  • vaginal hysterectomy – this is hysterectomy performed through the vaginal route and usually done in presence of prolapse of uterus.

The cost of a total abdominal hysterectomy at Spire Parkway is around £5400.

For self pay enquiries call 0121 7045530

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