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Should I Have My Fallopian Tubes Removed During My Hysterectomy?

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What do I keep during hysterectomy?I’m having a hysterectomy, should I have my fallopian tubes removed, too?

If you are having a hysterectomy, you may be wondering if you should have your ovaries or fallopian tubes removed, too. Since removing the ovaries can throw you into menopause, that decision can be easier. But what about the tubes? Do they serve a purpose without a uterus? What are the pros and cons of keeping or removing the fallopian tubes?

The fallopian tubes are connected to the uterus and their job is to guide eggs from the ovaries into the uterus. Without a uterus, the tubes are no longer essential. They are not automatically removed, however.

Because research has found that ovarian cancer may begin in the fallopian tubes, in some cases surgeons are asking women if they would like their tubes removed during a hysterectomy. However, to remove the fallopian tubes, they must be disconnected from their support structures which can add some risk of injury and does increase your time under anesthesia. Another risk is that the blood supply to the ovary could be damaged, causing the ovary to fail.

To decide if you should have your fallopian tubes removed during your hysterectomy, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons. If you have an increased risk for ovarian cancer, it’s especially important to talk to your doctor about whether or not there are benefits for you to have your fallopian tubes, and possibly ovaries, removed to try to reduce your risks.

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.

02-01-2016 - 02:52 PM


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