Hysterectomies are by far the most common form of gynecologic surgery. It is estimated that a third of women undergo this surgery by the age of 60. However, it is believed that the operation is now largely completed. Experts suggest that about two-thirds of hysterectomies are unnecessary.
A hysterectomy is surgery to remove a woman’s uterus. There are “total” or “complete” hysterectomies – the removal of the body, fundus and cervix – or “partial” or “suracervical” hysterectomies – the removal of the uterine body while the cervix is the uterus remains intact.
While these surgeries can help women with uterine bleeding or life-threatening cervical cancer, there are a number of other treatment options that are significantly less invasive and do not have the many side effects. negative hysterectomies.
There are a number of potential debilitating side effects of hysterectomies that can linger for the rest of a patient’s life, including:
Sexual libido problems
Urinary and vaginal incontinence cause the onset of menopause quickly, which can be devastating, since all of the normal effects of menopause come on suddenly and with great force, rather than slowly and gradually as expected.
There are some things that can make a medical misconduct claim regarding a very strong unnecessary hysterectomy, including:
Inadequate explanation of health condition
Failure to suggest or inform patients about treatment alternatives
No consent to the procedure was obtained if alternative treatments were available
Misdiagnosis of cervical cancer or ovarian cancer
As there are currently many alternative treatments for hysterectomies, doctors should always be careful when deciding whether or not to take this extreme measure.