Hysterectomy

 

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INDICATIONS

• Cancer of the uterus, ovaries, and sometimes cervix
• Fibroids (leiomyomata) May not be indicated for asymptomatic cases on basis of size alone
• Uterine bleeding
• Disabling uterine prolapse
• Endometriosis. Relieves pain but not curative as endometrosis may spread
 

CONTRAINDICATIONS

• Cases in which non-surgical alternatives are acceptable
• Uterine size greater than 280 g
• Previous multiple abdominal or pelvic surgeries
• Advanced uterine, cervical, or ovarian malignancy

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Hysterectomy for Fibroids Among the Top 4 Surgeries to Avoid
Patients with uterine fibroids have been advised to avoid a hysterectomy as treatment of the condition at all costs. Sound advice or mucky water? More »
GnRH Alternative to Hysterectomy for Uterine Fibroids
Compared with hysterectomy, GNRHa is an effective treatment of uterine fibroids and has an equivalent effect on sexual function. More »
Robotic Hysterectomy Offers No Benefits Over Laparascopic Hysterectomy
The use of robotically assisted hysterectomy for women with benign gynecological disease offers little short-term benefit and has significantly... More »
Tumor Found in 42-Year-Old Patient During Hysterectomy
A 42-year-old woman undergoes total hysterectomy due to uterine leiomyomata. A fallopian tube small tumor of about 1.5 cm is identified. What is your... More »
AAGL 2012: Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy May be Superior to Laparotomy for Obese Patients
Although operative time is longer as compared with laparotomy, minimally invasive hysterectomy in obese patients is safe, with less blood loss and... More »
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