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Hysterectomy facts

Posted Dec 02 2008 7:23pm

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to
remove a woman’s uterus. Sometimes, other
organs are removed, too. A hysterectomy
will stop a woman’s periods if she hasn’t
reached menopause yet. If the ovaries are removed
before a woman reaches menopause,
she will suddenly enter menopause.
The different types of hysterectomies are
listed below.

- A complete or total hysterectomy removes
the cervix and uterus. It is the most common
type of hysterectomy.

- A partial or subtotal hysterectomy removes
the upper part of the uterus but leaves the
cervix.

- A radical hysterectomy removes the uterus,
cervix, upper part of the vagina, and supporting
tissues.

- A bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy removes
both ovaries and fallopian tubes during a
hysterectomy.

Source: National Women’s Health Information Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.womenshealth.gov

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