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Hysterectomy

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

Hysterectomy; uterus; endometriosis; adenomyosis; pelvic inflammatory disease; PID; salpingo oophorectomy, bmrepf

Overview *

A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus. The uterus is the place where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are taken out.

Your health care provider might recommend a hysterectomy if you have:
- Fibroids
- Endometriosis not cured by medicine or surgery
- Uterine prolapse - when the uterus drops into the vagina
- Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
- Vaginal bleeding that persists despite treatment
- Chronic pelvic pain; surgery can be a last resort

Before having a hysterectomy, it is important to discuss other possible treatments with your health care provider. A hysterectomy will stop your periods, and you will no longer be able to get pregnant. If the surgery removes both ovaries, you will enter menopause.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Symptoms & Causes | Treatment Options
Procedure | Risks
After the Surgery | Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program discusses hysterectomy. It begins with an introduction defining hysterectomy. The program then covers anatomy of female reproductive system, conditions that can result in hysterectomies, alternative treatments, surgical procedures, including vertical, transverse, and vaginal incisions, risks and complications, and post-operative information.

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Last reviewed: 3/18/2009

 
     
 

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