What is a Hysterectomy?

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If you are considering opting for a hysterectomy or you are already booked in for your surgery, it is likely that you are feeling apprehensive about this. You will also be understandably anxious about the wider implications of this major surgery.

We have put together a few information sheets to help you prepare for your operation and aid you in your physical, mental and emotional recovery.

What is removed during a hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is a broad term for many different types of procedures. It is not uncommon for some women who have had a hysterectomy to not be entirely sure of what has been removed after having their surgery. This is why it is important to understand the different types of hysterectomies and speak with your consultant about this if you are unclear.

Sub-total abdominal hysterectomy
Only the uterus is removed.
The fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix and vagina remain.

Total abdominal hysterectomy
The uterus and cervix are removed
The fallopian tubes, ovaries and vagina remain.

Total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (TAH BSO)
The uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed
The vagina remains

Radical hysterectomy
The uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, top part of the vagina, supporting tissues and lymph nodes are removed