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Anoushka Shankar: The Great Sitarist Gets Her Uterus Removed: Know About Her Experience and Feelings

Anoushka Shankar is a renowned Sitarist who shared her recent experience of hysterectomy. She went under the knife due to large fibroids blocking her uterus. She wrote the chilling words on both Twitter and Instagram and speaks about the duration and the type of surgery.

The famous musician reveals that she no longer bears uterus and loses womanhood at the age of 38. She explains her experience of double surgery and she titled the post as ‘Lady-Bits’.

She says that since last month she has no uterus and she underwent two surgeries, the first one was performed by a gynecological-oncologist removing the huge fibroids in the uterus. Her uterus became as big as a sex-month pregnant lady and thus surgery came up as the only option. Next, there was the growth of tumors and a surgeon again removed a total of thirteen tumors from her abdomen. They were all benign and even one tumor made way through the muscles and became visible through the stomach.

She is the mother of two kids and she tells how the news triggered fear about the loss of her womanliness. Also, there was tension if she dies during the surgery that would make the kids live without a mother.

Knowing About Hysterectomy

It’s a surgical procedure removing a woman’s uterus for certain reasons. Uterus is the woman’s womb where the baby grows. Once a woman undergoes hysterectomy she would no longer experience menstruation and even she won’t be able to bear a baby.

Why is hysterectomy performed?

Hysterectomy is performed for various medical reasons and some of them are like:

1. Abnormal bleeding from the vagina

2. Uterine fibroids are a benign growth in the uterus, which usually happens in a pregnant woman. However, sometimes you may need surgery to remove those fibroids.

3. Cancer in uterus

4. Endometriosis

Here, the tissue, which covers the inner lining of the uterus starts growing outside blocking ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic and abdominal organs.

5. Abnormal thickening of the uterus lining

6. Uterine prolapse

It’s the condition where the uterus moves down towards or into the vagina. When the pelvis and ligaments stretch loose their strength the uterus moves down.

As it’s a major operation it’s performed only when other treatments won’t work.

Hysterectomy Types

The type varies depending on the condition a woman is suffering from. This surgery is performed making an incision in the lower abdomen or through a small cut in the upper portion of the vagina.

Basic types are like:

  • A partial hysterectomy is a procedure where only the uterus gets removed without touching the cervix.
  • Next, a standard hysterectomy involves the removal of uterus and cervix and a woman loses her womb.
  • Total hysterectomy is the process where all the organs are removed including cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.

Anoushka is the daughter of famous Sitar playlist Pandit Ravi Shankar and she talks about her complications after a hysterectomy. Despite such a major operation, no one wants to talk much about hysterectomy.

She also says that she looks back at her younger age and memorizes all the girls she knew. She was the lady who openly shared her thoughts and experience and how she copes up with silence. She comes up with her embarrassment on sexual health and her shame on losing period. 

Risks and Side-Effects of Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a serious operation and it may give rise to certain risks and side-effects. And the recovery takes a few weeks and the risks involved are like:

  • Blood clotting
  • Menopause
  • Early menopause
  • Extreme bleeding leading to serious health complications
  • Causing injuries to surrounding organs
  • Thee are many risks in surgery, which is not successful

Mental Risks Involved

Women who undergo this surgery face depress for a certain period and also they feel bad due to the loss of womanhood. Anoushka says that she suffered from depression when she first heard that her uterus needs to be removed.

Once the surgery is performed successfully patients are said to avoid sex and also they need to avoid lifting any heavy objects at least for 6-weeks. And it’s good for the patient to research the topic of learning about the operation. One must know that it takes time to recover and the patient must stay away from any sort of work that requires too much effort.


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