What is a hysterectomy?

October 10, 2010

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman’s uterus. Depending on the surgical approach and the woman’s symptoms, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or cervix may be removed as well. You should discuss with your physician what will be removed.

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman’s uterus. Depending on the surgical approach and the woman’s symptoms, the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or cervix may be removed as well. You should discuss with your physician what will be removed.

Complete or Total Hysterectomy -removal of the uterus and cervix.

Supracervial Hysterectomy -removal of the uterus while leaving the cervix in place.

Bilateral SalpingOophorectomy -removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. This procedure can also be completed with a total or supracervical hysterectomy.

Radical Hysterectomy -removal of the uterus, cervix, upper part of the vagina, and supporting tissues. This type of hysterectomy is usually done in cases of invasive gynecological cancer.

Since a hysterectomy is a major surgical and permanent procedure, it is very important to discuss the options available with your physician. Make sure you receive clear answers to your questions so you can make the best choice to fit your needs.

To read more about hysterectomy procedures and choices, go to Hysterectomy Options.

To read more about risks associated with hysterectomy go to Risks of Surgery.

References:

Sources

http://www.aagl.org/topics

http://www.hystersisters.com/ http://www.womenshealth.gov/

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