February 26, 2008

What Is Radical Hysterectomy?

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Radical hysterectomy is suggested by the physician to woman who is suffering from the cervical or endometrial cancer that causes the cervix to broaden. In radical hysterectomy, there ovaries, fallopian tubes, lymph nodes, uterus, cervix, top part of the vagina, lymph channels, and the pelvic cavity tissues by which cervix is surrounded are removed under surgical procedures.

The patient has to stay for longer period as this hysterectomy takes long time for recovery. The surgery procedure of this hysterectomy consists of long wide-ranging surgery as compare to abdominal hysterectomy as it carries out removal of tissues adjoining the uterus and the upper vagina.

This hysterectomy is mainly carried out to diagnose the early stages of the cervix cancer. This radical hysterectomy contains more complications like bowels and urinary system injury as compare to abdominal hysterectomy.

Post-Operative Period after this hysterectomy is the vital part to monitor the patient’s response to the surgery. This hysterectomy is normally performed in 3 hours, which is followed by the maximum 2 to 3 years anaesthetic recovery. After performing the radical hysterectomy, for close monitoring, the patient is usually relocated to the intensive care ward for maximum two days.

When the patient wakes up from the unconscious state, she becomes familiar with her frequent check-ups from the nurse. Her pulse, blood pressure and temperature are frequently monitored by the surgeon and an intravenous line is given to the patient until she can eat and drink usually.

On both side of the incision, one or two tubes may be located to drain surplus amount of fluid from the surgery spot on the body. These tubes are attached to suction bottles. In The bladder of the patient, a catheter is situated to drain urine. In the unconscious state of the patient, a nasal tube is attached and the patient can see her with taking blood transfusion or oxygen. All these above therapies are usually followed after the radical hysterectomy. In addition, Antibiotics are normally given before and after the surgery to avoid post-operative infection.