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HysterSisters GlossaryMedical terminology can be confusing, so here’s a list of some of the most common terms you might find on HysterSisters.com.

Hysterectomy Definitions



Adenomyosis – A condition where the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows into the muscular wall (myometrium) of the uterus. It’s sometimes shortened to adeno.

Adhesion Barrier – A fabric, film, or gel used during surgery to try to prevent the formation of adhesions.

Adhesions – Internal scarring that results in bands of fibrous tissues connecting tissues and organs together.

Anesthesia – A reversible loss of sensation used during your hysterectomy to make sure you have a pain free and comfortable surgery experience.

Bilateral – Means both.

Blood – The fluid in your body that carries nutrients and oxygen to cells throughout your body and moves waste from those cells.

Bleeding – It’s normal to experience bleeding each month as part of your menstrual cycle. Abnormal bleeding between cycles or during menopause, however, should be discussed with your doctor.

Benign – In health it means self-limiting and not malignant. A benign condition is not cancerous.

Cancer – A condition that results from abnormal cells that divide uncontrollably and can cause tumors or growths.

Child Bearing – The time period after menstruation and before menopause when you are able to conceive. A hysterectomy ends your ability to bear children.

Compression Stockings – Special hosiery which fit tightly to help prevent the formation of blood clots after surgery. They can also be worn to help with lymphedema when lymph nodes are removed during cancer surgery.

Colposcopy – An exam where your doctor uses a colposcope to closely examine your vulva, vagina, and cervix to look for abnormalities.

Deep Tissue Massage – During this type of massage, firm pressure is applied to treat the fascia and deeper layers of muscle. It can be used to treat chronic pain or adhesions.

Dilation and Currettage (D&C) – A procedure used to remove the endometrium.

Endometrial Ablation – Procedure to remove the endometrium.

Endometrial Hyperplasia – Thickening of the endometrium of the uterus.

Endometriosis – A condition where endometrial like tissue causes painful lesions outside the uterus. Sometimes shortened to endo.

Endometrium – The lining of the uterus which is shed with your menstrual cycle. Sometimes referred to as the endometrial lining.

Estrogen – One of the sex hormones produced by the ovaries that is essential for your physical, mental, emotional, and sexual health.

Fallopian Tubes – The tubes that carry the egg from the ovaries to the uterus.

Female Sexual Dysfunction – Persistent, recurrent issues with sexual intercourse, response, and desire.

Fibroids – A benign tumor of smooth muscle cells of the uterus.

Gynecologic – Medical field related to women’s health and reproductive organs.

Healthy Balance – A solid balance between your diet and exercise routine.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) – Hormones taken during menopause to replace natural hormones.

Hysterectomy – Surgical procedure to remove your uterus.

Hysteroscopy – A procedure where your doctor uses a hysteroscope to see inside your uterus.

Laparoscopy – Surgical procedure using a laparoscope that allows your doctor visibility without large incisions.

Liquid Diet – An easily digestible diet of non-dairy products, no solids, no pulp, and liquids you can see through that may be required before surgery and before a colonoscopy.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision (LEEP) – A procedure using an electrically heated wire loop to remove tissues and cells from the cervix and vagina.

Malignant – Harmful condition which multiples and can become terminal. It’s the opposite of benign and used to describe cancer.

Menopause – The time when your menstrual cycle ends – either naturally or surgically.

Menstrual Cycle – Monthly cycle of ovulation and shedding of the endometrium known as your period.

Myomectomy – Surgical removal of a fibroid from the uterus.

New Blood Supply – When the uterus is removed, the blood supply to the ovaries can be disrupted until a new blood supply established.

Oophorectomy – Surgical procedure to remove your ovaries.

Ovarian Cysts – A closed sac containing fluid, semisolid tissue, or gaseous material that involves the ovary.

Ovaries – The female reproductive organs which produce sex hormones and eggs.

Ovulation – When an egg is released each month by one of the ovaries.

Pelvic Floor – The ligaments, muscles, connective tissues, and nerves that span the bottom of your pelvis.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) – Serious infection involving your reproductive organs.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) – Occurs when pelvic organs drop.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) – A disorder of the endocrine system which may cause ovarian cysts.

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) – A severe form of PMS.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) – Symptoms that occur a few days before your menstrual cycle.

Progesterone – One of the hormones produced by the ovaries which plays a role in regulating your menstrual cycle.

Salpingectomy – Surgical procedure to remove your fallopian tubes.

Solid Foods – Regular foods which often are restricted immediately before and after surgery.

Supplements – May consist of vitamins, herbs, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and other products which can boost your health.

Symptom Diary – Keeping track of symptoms in a diary or journal can help your doctor with diagnosis and treatment.

Testosterone – Although known as a male hormone, the ovaries produce a small amount of this hormone.

Urogynecologist – A physician who specializes in urology, gynecology, and obstetrics.

Urologic – Field of medicine referring to the genital and urinary organs.

Uterus – The reproductive organ that holds a baby during pregnancy.


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.

04-23-2018 - 09:03 PM


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