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Know Your Options

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. Sometimes a woman’s ovaries are removed in the same procedure. There are several reasons a gynecologist would recommend a hysterectomy including:

  • Uterine fibroids that are causing persistent pain, bleeding, anemia, or bladder pressure
  • Cancer of the uterus or cervix
  • Endometriosis when medication or conservative surgery does not correct the condition
  • Uterine prolapse, a condition in which the ligaments supporting the uterus weaken and the uterus descends into the vagina

A hysterectomy can be performed through an incision in the lower abdomen or through an incision in the vagina. A laparascopic technique may be used which results in a smaller incision scar and a quicker recovery time. During the hysterectomy procedure, ovaries and fallopian tubes might also be removed in order to correct the condition. Once the uterus has been removed, pregnancy is no longer possible.

Dr. Amy Siegel is a female gynecologist experienced in diagnosing conditions that may require a hysterectomy. She takes the time to make sure that patients understand their conditions and are partners in choosing the best options for treatment.

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