A hysterectomy takes out a woman's uterus. The uterus is an organ that provides nutrition to the developing baby in pregnancy. A part of the uterus may be removed or the entire uterus may be removed. The ovaries and fallopian tubes are sometimes removed during a hysterectomy. Hysterectomies are done for:

  • Uterine, endometrial, cervical or ovarian cancers
  • Heavy, uterine thickening that causes painful menstrual periods
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Uterine tumors
  • Displacement of the uterus into the vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding
Hysterectomies are performed in open, minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic surgery.

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