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A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure done by our physicians at St. Mary’s Hospital to remove the uterus. This may be done to treat many conditions that affect the uterus including uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, abnormal uterine bleeding, cancer, and chronic pelvic pain.

There are three types of hysterectomy:

  • Total hysterectomy- the entire uterus, including the cervix, is removed;
  • Supracervical (partial) hysterectomy- the upper part of the uterus is removed but the cervix is left in place
  • Hysterectomy with removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
There are three ways a hysterectomy can be performed:
  • Vaginal
  • Abdominal
  • Laparoscopic
Having a hysterectomy is safe, but as with any surgery, problems can occur. Problems can include:
  • Infection
  • Bleeding during or after surgery
  • Injury to the nearby organs
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Death
For more information, please visit the ACOG website.