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Vaginal hysterectomy; Abdominal hysterectomy; Supracervical hysterectomy; Radical hysterectomy; Removal of the uterus; Laparoscopic hysterectomy; Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy; LAVH; Total laparoscopic hysterectomy; TLH; Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy; Robotically assisted hysterectomy
A hysterectomy is surgery to remove a woman' s uterus, or womb. The womb is the area where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant.
During a hysterectomy, your doctor may remove the entire uterus or just part of it. The fallopian tubes (the tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus) and ovaries may also be removed.
Types of hysterectomy:
There are many different ways to perform a hysterectomy. It may be done through a surgical cut in either the belly (abdomen) or vagina.
Your doctor will help you decide which type of hysterectomy is best for you. The specific procedure depends on your medical history and reason for the surgery.
There are many reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy. The procedure may be recommended if you have:
Hysterectomy is a major surgery. It is possible that your condition may be treated without this major surgery. Talk with your doctor about all your treatment options. Less invasive procedures include:
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