Endometriosis after Hysterectomy

What Women Should Know about Hysterectomy

Women will experience various results after undergoing hysterectomy which is a surgical removal of her reproductive organs. According to many studies, endometriosis after hysterectomy may differ from case to case. What women should know about the condition and procedure may help them with their disease and the pain often associated with this.

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that is similar to the endometrium (lining of the uterus) grows outside of the other organ of the body such as the fallopian tube, ovaries, and behind the uterus cavity.

In some cases, this abnormal growth of tissue may reach the arms, kidneys, and lungs. The endometriosis is a progressive condition and develops slowly. It would take many years before it gets noticeable; the symptoms which include pain and dysmenorrhea become apparent. In some cases where the condition is considered highly progressive and severe, doctors perform hysterectomy which is the surgical removal of the uterus, this procedure can be classified into partial removal (the uterine body is removed but leaving the supracervical part) and total removal (the body, cervix of the uterus, and fundus are completely removed).

According to a study conducted, women who have undergone endometriosis procedure have minimal symptoms. But overall, 40 percent of women have reported that their condition has resurfaced after five years of doing the surgical procedure. Another study conducted about endometriosis has revealed that 40 percent of women under the age of 22 have double the chance of endometriosis recurrence after the endometriosis procedure compared to older women. The study also revealed that the complete removal of the reproductive system of a woman may still be the best way to deal with this disease in case that there is no other alternative solution. Almost 80 percent of women who had undergone this procedure experience no recurrence of the condition even after five years of this surgical practice.

While in some cases, even after hysterectomy has been performed, the endometriosis may return. Since some implants are undetected and minute, surgeons are sometimes unable to completely remove all the abnormal growth of tissue which may progress for many years hidden and undetected. According to some research, this recurrence may be a result from hormone replacement therapy. Since women who have undergone complete endometriosis are often prescribed with estrogen because they can no longer produce their own, the condition may resurface due to the reason that estrogen can trigger endometriosis.

There are many factors which predispose women to develop endometriosis which include: weak immune system of women which causes unsuccessful elimination of stray endometrial cells; hereditary factor (a woman who has an immediate family who had this condition has a greater chance to develop this disease); dioxin exposure (this is a chemical found in weed-killer sprays; and unhealthy diet which mainly consist of high-fats, calorie-laden, and low-fiber content.


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