Hysterectomy refers specifically to the removal of the uterus – either the whole uterus (a total hysterectomy) or a portion of it (a partial hysterectomy). In some cases when cancer is present, a more extensive procedure may be performed which includes the upper vagina as well as the cervix and uterus. Surgery to remove only the ovaries is called an oophorectomy. Oophorectomy may sometimes be performed in conjunction with a hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy is performed for a wide array of reasons, including diseases and conditions that affect the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. Some of the most common causes for a hysterectomy include:
uterine or cervical cancer
uterine prolapse, a condition that develops when the uterus “drops” into the vaginal canal, causing pain and other symptoms
very heavy menstrual bleeding
chronic pelvic pain that interferes with your quality of life
endometriosis, a painful condition that occurs when the uterine lining tissue grows outside the uterus
Sometimes, hysterectomy can be avoided with other approaches, but it depends on the condition you're having treated. Some possible alternatives to hysterectomy include:
myomectomy or uterine artery embolization to remove fibroids or cut off the blood flow to them
minimally-invasive hysteroscopic procedures that use a flexible scope to treat conditions in the uterus and fallopian tubes
laparoscopic surgeries to treat endometriosis and scarring, or adhesions
Hysterectomy may be performed through the vagina or through an incision in your abdomen. The approach will depend on the condition that's being treated, and both approaches take about two hours or less to perform under general anesthesia.
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For insurance plans with which we participate, we will seek to obtain verification of your eligibility. However, even when coverage, benefits, and eligibility are verified, your insurance plan will not guarantee the accuracy of their confirmation.
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