Hysterectomy (Womb Removal Surgery)

What is a hysterectomy?

What is a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus (womb).

Types of hysterectomies

The different types of hysterectomies include:

  • Radical hysterectomy – where the uterus, cervix, and part of the vagina are removed.
  • Total hysterectomy – where both the uterus and cervix are removed.
  • Partial hysterectomy – where only the uterus is removed, leaving the cervix intact.

Why do you need a hysterectomy?

You may need a hysterectomy if you have one of the following conditions:

  • Cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix or endometrium.
  • Uterine fibroids – Non-cancerous tumours in the uterine wall
  • Endometriosis – A condition where tissues that line the uterus grow elsewhere, such as on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or other organs.
  • Prolapsed uterus – A condition where the uterus drops from its usual position down into the vagina.
  • Adenomyosis – A condition where the tissues that line the uterus grow into the muscular wall of the uterus.
  • Severe and abnormal vaginal bleeding.
  • Chronic uterine pain.

Usually, a hysterectomy is only done when all other treatments have been tried with little or no improvement.

In rare cases, a hysterectomy may be performed to control bleeding during a caesarean delivery following pregnancy complications. While there are other methods to control bleeding, a hysterectomy may be necessary to save the lives of some women.

What are the risks and complications of a hysterectomy?

Like other surgical procedures, there are associated risks and side effects with a hysterectomy.

Rare complications that may occur 30 days after the procedure include:

  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Constipation
  • Heavy bleeding which may require a blood transfusion
  • Damage to surrounding areas (urinary tract, blood vessels, nerves)
  • Side effects related to anaesthesia, like breathing or heart-related problems
  • Blood clots in the legs or lungs
  • Pelvic prolapse

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Combining experience and expertise with modern technology and facilities, we deliver quality and customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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