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What's Being Removed During my Hysterectomy Surgery?

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What organs are being removed during my upcoming hysterectomy?

To understand better what organs will be removed during your hysterectomy, it helps to understand some basic surgery terminology first:
  • Hysterectomy: the removal of the uterus
  • Oophorectomy: the removal of the ovary
  • Salpingectomy: the removal of the fallopian tube
  • Bilateral: both
A hysterectomy refers only to the removal of the uterus, but how much of the uterus will be removed can be confusing. There are two main parts of the uterus--the fundus and cervix. The fundus refers to the upper (and larger) portion, while the cervix refers to the bottom (or neck) of the uterus. When the complete uterus is removed, the surgery is called a complete (or total) hysterectomy. When only the fundus portion is removed, the surgery is called a partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy because only “part” of the uterus is removed.
Complete hysterectomyPartial hysterectomy

If you will be having a bilateral salpingectomy along with your hysterectomy, then you will also be having both tubes removed. If only one tube is removed, the surgery is called a right or left salpingectomy.

If you will be having a bilateral oophorectomy along with your hysterectomy then you will also be having both ovaries removed. If only one ovary is removed, the surgery is called a right or left oophorectomy. When an oophorectomy is done along with a hysterectomy, the fallopian tube is almost always removed as well. When both tubes and ovaries are removed, it is referred to as a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO).
Complete hysterectomy with BSOBSO
There are many types of hysterectomies, and your choices for surgery can depend on things like your diagnosis, body frame, how much of the uterus will be removed, and doctor’s skill. Be sure you understand what exactly is being removed so you aren't surprised when you wake up!

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.

03-19-2014 - 07:29 PM


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