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A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus, or womb. The uterus is where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are removed. The cervix is the lower end of the uterus.  The ovaries are organs that produce eggs and hormones. The fallopian tubes carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.


If the patient has not reached menopause, a hysterectomy will stop menstruation, and the woman will not be able to get pregnant.  If both ovaries are removed as well, the woman will suddenly enter menopause.



There are several types of hysterectomies:

  • Complete (total) - Removes the cervix as well as the uterus
  • Partial - Removes the upper part of the uterus and leaves the cervix in place
  • Radical - Removes the uterus, the cervix, the upper part of the vagina, and supporting tissues in some cases of cancer

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