A wide variety of conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Gynecological conditions can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding as well as other disabling symptoms. A few of these common conditions include:
- Fibroids—non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall
- Endometriosis—non-cancerous growths in the uterine lining
- Prolapse—falling or slipping of the uterus
Women who experience these symptoms are often treated with a hysterectomy—the surgical removal of the uterus. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this procedure is the second most common surgery for women in the United States; an estimated one-third of women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.
Learn how Gwinnett Medical Center offers minimally invasive hysterectomies.