Hysterectomy FAQs

What is a hysterectomy?

hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. There are different types of hysterectomies which can result in other pelvic organs or tissues being removed. The types of hysterectomy include:

  • Subtotal or supracervical hysterectomy: The uterus is removed, but the cervix remains.
  • Total (or complete hysterectomy): Both the uterus and the cervix are removed.
  • Total hysterectomy plus unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: This procedure removes the uterus, cervix, one ovary and one fallopian tube, while one ovary and one fallopian tube are left in place. This procedure is usually done if a problem confined to one ovary is detected at the time of hysterectomy. After surgery, the remaining ovary should produce enough female hormones if the woman has not reached menopause

Are there side effects from having a hysterectomy?

There are a number of effects a hysterectomy has on a woman.

  • Women are infertile after hysterectomy
  • Menopause occurs 5 years earlier after hysterectomy
  • Sex drive and sexual pleasure may decrease after hysterectomy
  • There is a chance that urinary tract infections (UTI), wound infections and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) may occur

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