What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the uterus. A "total hysterectomy", the most common, removes the uterus, cervix, tubes, and ovaries. A "partial hysterectomy" removes the uterus and cervix. 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, abnormal uterine bleeding, or chronic pain. Hesteretomy can treat uterine prolapse along with additional procedure(s).

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.