A hysterectomy (abdominal) is a common operation performed under general anaesthetic to remove your womb (uterus). Sometimes other reproductive organs such as your cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries and vagina and other tissue including lymph glands and fatty tissue are also removed at the same time.
What is a Hysterectomy (Abdominal)?
An abdominal hysterectomy is major surgery to remove your womb. Afterwards you will no longer have periods.
An abdominal hysterectomy might be recommended if you have:
- Heavy or painful periods
- Pelvic pain
- Sever endometriosis
- Uterine prolapse
- Uterine, cervical or ovarian cancer
Your womb is removed through an incision in your lower abdomen. Opening your abdomen offers your surgeon a clear view of your pelvic organs. This hysterectomy surgery type has the most flexibility.
Abdominal hysterectomy may be recommended over other types of hysterectomy: if your womb is enlarged and it cannot be removed through your vagina; you have scar tissue from previous abdominal surgeries; you are obese; you have cancer; or you also need your ovaries removing.
here are several different types of abdominal hysterectomy:
- Total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) – removes your uterus and cervix.
- Subtotal abdominal hysterectomy – removes your uterus but leaves your cervix.
- TAH and salpingo-oophorectomy – removes your uterus, cervix, one or both of your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Radical abdominal hysterectomy - removes your womb, cervix, fallopian tubes and ovaries, part of your vagina and some lymph glands. It is performed to treat cancer.
What is the recovery process after a hysterectomy
You can expect to stay in hospital for up to four days following an abdominal hysterectomy. You will have some pain and discomfort in your abdomen. These pains should reduce by the end of the first week, when you should be able to move about more comfortably.
Over the first two weeks at home, you may feel tired. You can go for short walks and continue with exercises that have been recommended to you in hospital. Try to build up your activity slowly and steadily and only lift light loads.
All daily activities can usually be resumed after four to six weeks including lifting, usual exercise and having sex if you feel ready.
Depending on the exact surgery you have, you will need three to eight weeks off work.
It is usually safe to drive after three to six weeks. This will depend on your concentration and ability to perform an emergency stop. You should also check with your insurance company.
After eight weeks you should be back to normal.
What is the cost of a hysterectomy
The cost of an abdominal hysterectomy will depend on the exact type of surgery you have and your Ramsay hospital of choice.
You will receive a formal quotation price after your consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This formal quote for your surgery will be valid for 60 days. You can rest-assured that it includes unlimited aftercare.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your surgery yourself. These include:
- Interest-free finance - no deposit required and the option to make monthly instalments at 0% interest.
- All-inclusive Total Care - a one-off payment for all the treatment you need at a pre-agreed price.
- Pay as you go – a flexible funding option if your treatment costs are difficult to assess or you want to pay for your treatment costs as and when they arise.
Abdominal hysterectomy is covered by most medical insurance policies. We advise that you obtain written confirmation from your insurance provider prior to starting your treatment.
Hysterectomy at Ramsay Health Care
Ramsay Health Care offers easy and fast access to gynaecology care including abdominal hysterectomy surgery.
You can book convenient appointments with a leading gynaecologist at your local Ramsay hospital. Diagnosis and surgery can be performed without waiting. We know how important it is to our patients to receive prompt care to alleviate worry and allow a symptom free road to recovery as soon as possible.
We are proud that many of our hospitals have state-of-the-art theatres and private en-suite rooms to provide the highest-quality care and promote a calm recovery.
All Ramsay hospitals operate strict protocols to minimise the risk of infection, including Covid-19, giving you the confidence to visit our hospitals safely.