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Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is done to treat certain gynecological conditions, including endometriosis, fibroids, cancer, uterine bleeding that hasn't responded to other treatments, and childbirth complications.
A total (complete) hysterectomy is removal of the uterus and cervix. A subtotal (also called partial or supracervical) hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, leaving the cervix in place.
A radical hysterectomy is done for some cancers. It is the removal of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, structures that support the uterus, and sometimes the lymph nodes.
The uterus can be removed through:
The ovaries may be removed along with the uterus. The decision about whether to remove or leave the ovaries is based on a woman's wishes and health issues.
Current as of: November 8, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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