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What Is the Purpose of Morcellation with a Hysterectomy?

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Patient asking doctor what is the purpose of morcellation with hysterectomy?What is the purpose of morcellation with a hysterectomy?


Morcellation is the process of cutting the uterus and other tissues into tiny pieces that can be removed through tiny incisions. It may sound a little gory, but it can be very beneficial for some women.

If you have an enlarged uterus or large fibroids, for instance, morcellation can give you the option of having a minimally invasive surgery (MIS)—an option that minimizes wound issues and scarring. Where once the only option for these conditions was an abdominal surgery, morcellation can now allow surgeons to remove these parts through either smaller incisions or the vagina.

Morcellation can also allow the surgeon to complete a hysterectomy with little or no vaginal involvement—meaning the surgeon can remove the upper portion of the uterus through small incisions while leaving the cervix intact. This is especially important if you would like to retain the cervical portion of your uterus.

Without the option of morcellation, some women would miss out on the benefits of a minimally invasive type of hysterectomy—the alternative being a larger abdominal incision, longer recovery, higher infection risk, and other risks and/or complications. Women who want to keep their cervix along with those who have an enlarged uterus and/or fibroids would be most affected.

While morcellation may not be right for everyone, there are many women who may benefit from this technique. If you aren’t sure if this is the right option for you, you may want to seek a second opinion from a gynecological surgeon who has extensive training and knowledge regarding MIS and your diagnosis.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

02-06-2014 - 11:35 PM


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