Hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the uterus. A total hysterectomy, the most common, removes the uterus and the cervix. A partial hysterectomy leaves the cervix in place. In a radical hysterectomy, the uterus, the cervix, the upper part of the vagina and the supporting tissues are removed. In some cases the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed.

When do doctors recommend a hysterectomy?

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

How long does it take to recover?

There are two types of hysterectomies doctors perform, laparoscopic or vaginal, and abdominal. In laparoscopic or vaginal procedures, you can resume your normal activity after about two weeks. If an abdominal procedure is used, recovery time is longer, up to eight weeks. Your doctor will determine the correct procedure for you.

 

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