HYSTERECTOMY

Description

Hysterectomy is surgery to remove a woman’s womb (uterus).

The uterus is a hollow muscular organ that nourishes the developing baby during pregnancy.

You may have all or part of the uterus removed during a hysterectomy. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed.

There are many different ways to perform a hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy

It may be done through:

• A surgical cut in the belly (called open or abdominal)

• Three to four small surgical cuts in the belly and then using a laparoscope

• A surgical cut in the vagina, aided by the use of a laparoscope

• A surgical cut in the vagina without the use of a laparoscope

• Three to four small surgical cuts in the belly, in order to perform robotic surgery

You and your doctor will decide which type of procedure. The choice will depend on your medical history and the reason for the surgery.