What is a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is performed 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.

When do doctors recommend a hysterectomy?

This procedure is used to treat several conditions including cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal uterine bleeding or chronic pain.

How long does it take to recover?

In laparoscopic or vaginal procedures, you can resume your normal activity after about one week. If an abdominal procedure is used, recovery time is longer, up to six weeks. Your doctor will help determine the correct procedure for you.

Minimally invasive hysterectomy

Parkview Health has expert surgeons trained in robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery to perform hysterectomies. 

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