For women, hysterectomies are the second most common surgery in America. By age 60, one out of three women will have had some form of hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure primarily performed to remove the womb (uterus) when there are medical complications. There are three main types of hysterectomies: Complete (total), Partial, and Radical.
Complete or Total: This is the most commonly performed Hysterectomy. A complete hysterectomy removes both the cervix as well as the uterus.
Partial, subtotal or supracervical: This less serious type of hysterectomy whereby the surgeon removes only the upper portion of the uterus while leaving the cervix in place.
Radical: This is the most serious type of hysterectomy. This form of hysterectomy is usually performed as a result of the development of cancer. A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, the tissue on both side of the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina.
What are the different methods used to perform hysterectomies?
Depending on your health and the reason for your surgery, there are different methods used to perform your hysterectomy.
As you can see from above, not all hysterectomies will produce a scar. However, the majority of hysterectomies will produce some type of visible scar. While the external scar will naturally diminish over time, it will always remain unless it is treated. While there are many scar management treatments available on the market, those that are silicone-based tend to be the most effective. Silicone gel is easily applied to the tender hysterectomy scar area and, once dried it becomes a completely invisible barrier providing moisture and protection without the worry of staining your clothes. It will help to diminish the appearance of the hysterectomy scar as well as helping to combat the itchiness and irritation that often accompanies it.
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