Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus, may be needed to treat different conditions including gynecologic cancer, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, persistent abnormal or heavy vaginal bleeding, or chronic pelvic pain. During a hysterectomy, the whole uterus or just part of it may be removed, as well as your fallopian tubes and ovaries.
If you have not reached menopause, your physician may recommend that you keep your ovaries. If this is the case, you may enter menopause at an earlier age than normal. If your ovaries are removed, you will enter menopause.
The types of hysterectomy include:
In some cases, alternatives to surgery may be possible, and our physicians and surgeons will work closely with patients to determine whether hysterectomy is necessary.
Our physicians and surgeons will thoroughly evaluate your particular situation and make a recommendation as to the best method for surgery, which could be: