What is a hysterectomy?
- 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.