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What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, also known as the womb. By definition, it does not include the removal of the fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Choices in Hysterectomy Types
A hysterectomy is rarely an emergency surgery. There is usually considerable time to research and explore options for discussions with your personal surgeon. You are encouraged to get a second or third opinion when exploring any surgery.
Total Hysterectomy or Partial Hysterectomy
A woman facing a hysterectomy can choose:
- A total hysterectomy (removing the entire uterus), or
- A partial/sub-total/supracervical hysterectomy (removing only the top part of the uterus, keeping the cervix).
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According to WomensHealth.gov a hysterectomy is the second-most common surgery among women in the US. The most common surgery in women is childbirth by cesarean section delivery.
According to ACOG, there are over 500,000 hysterectomies performed in the US every year.
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Diagnoses that Leads to Hysterectomy
The most compelling reason to have a hysterectomy is cancer. There are several different types of gynecologic cancers, some more known than others. Uterine cancer. Cervical cancer. Vaginal cancer. Endometrial cancer. Ovarian Cancer. Read more about GYN Cancer.
Many women are encouraged to have a hysterectomy because of endometriosis, which is a very complex and often misunderstood medical condition that affects an estimated 10% of all women worldwide who are in their reproductive years. Read more about Endometriosis.
As women grow older, they are more apt to develop a fibroid. Many sources suggest that up to 50% of all women will develop a fibroid by the age of 50. Fibroids account for about one third of all hysterectomies performed each in year in the US. Read more about Fibroids.
Other Diagnoses that May Lead to Hysterectomy
If you've been diagnosed with an illness or malady that requires treatment or surgery, your next important step is to do some homework. Understand your diagnosis from its basic definition. Understand your treatment options. Read more about Diagnosis.