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: This is the most commonly performed Hysterectomy. A complete hysterectomy removes both the cervix as well as the uterus.
Partial: This less serious type of hysterectomy 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 developing cancer. A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix, upper part of the vagina as well as the supporting tissues.
Hysterectomies are either performed through the vagina or by making an incision in the abdomen. While a hysterectomy performed through the vagina will not leave an external scar, a hysterectomy performed through the abdomen will generally result in a visible external scar. While external scars (like burn scars and acne scars) can naturally diminish over time, it will always remain unless it is treated. While there are many treatments for scars available on the market, those that are silicone based tend to be the most effective for diminishing the appearance and color of the hysterectomy scar as well as helping to combat the itchiness and irritation that often accompanies it.
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