Hysterectomy And Fibroids

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Hysterectomy and Fibroids A fibroid is “a tumor or lump made of muscle cells and other tissue that grow within the wall of the uterus” (Illinois Department of Public Health, 2015). According to the UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology team, “fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system… twenty to fifty percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. Some estimates state that up to thirty to seventy-seven percent of women will develop fibroids sometime during their childbearing years… in ninety-nine percent of fibroid cases, the tumors are benign” (UCLA Health, 2016). Uterine fibroids are the most common cause for a hysterectomy. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. “Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure (after cesarean section) for U.S. women who are of reproductive age… By the age of sixty, more than one third of all women have had a hysterectomy” (National Women’s Health Network, 2015). Risk factors associated with uterine fibroids are: women of childbearing years, women who are approaching menopause, African American heritage, and obesity. Signs and symptoms of fibroids can be asymptomatic, mild, or severe. Some symptoms may…show more content…
Since the hysterectomy is a surgical procedure, there are risks associated as well. Risks related to the surgical procedure are complications related to anesthesia, injury to the uterus, bladder, and or bowels, hemorrhage, infection, or formation of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) (Durham and Chapman,
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