A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. Hysterectomies can be performed to treat a number of chronic pain conditions, as well as certain types of cancer and infections. During most hysterectomy procedures, the entire uterus is removed, but the extent of a hysterectomy can vary depending on the reason for the surgery. The fallopian tubes and the ovaries may also be removed during the procedure. Once a hysterectomy has been performed, the patient will stop having menstrual periods and be unable to get pregnant.
A hysterectomy might be necessary for a number of different reasons. The doctor may suggest a hysterectomy if the patient has any of the following:
There are different types of hysterectomies, such as a partial where the doctor removes only a portion of the uterus, or a total hysterectomy when the doctor removes the entire uterus, including the cervix. A hysterectomy is performed with general or local anesthetic then, depending on the type of hysterectomy needed, the procedure will be performed. The types of hysterectomies include: