Radical Hysterectomy is a procedure where the surgeon removes the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, the pelvic tissue around the cervix, lymph nodes and channels, and the upper portion of the vagina. This is used for the treatment of cervical cancer or, if the cancer has spread beyond the cervix, the endometrium.
It is the most complicated among all kinds of hysterectomy. Compared to the others, radical hysterectomy requires longer hospital confinement, and longer periods of healing and recovery. There is the ever present danger of damage to some internal organs.
Given the complexity of this procedure, it is then best to go into it prepared. Here are some things you should keep in mind if you’re about to undergo a radical hysterectomy:
Be aware of the possible risks that go along with the procedure. These include blood clots, infections, and impairment of bowels and bladder.
Scars are to be expected in this type of operation.
3. Scars are to be expected.
4. Be aware that risks are always present in major operations. These include infections, unwanted blood clots, and injury to bowels and bladder.
Inquire if you would need additional treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemo therapy, after the radical hysterectomy.
6. Hospital confinement may be extended. Be prepared when such a situation arises.
7. Mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes, and other menopausal symptoms would occur after operation.
8. Inquire if more treatments would be necessary. This can include radiation and chemotherapy after operation.
Note that a radical hysterectomy won’t stop you from being sexually active.
Be prepared for the scars that will result from this hysterectomy.