Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus. Your doctor may recommend you have a hysterectomy if you have been diagnosed with:

  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Pelvic prolapse
  • Cancer

In the U.S., doctors perform approximately 600,000 hysterectomies a year, making it the second most common surgery for women.1 While this figure is lower in many other parts of the world, a hysterectomy is a common procedure.

Fortunately, there are more choices than ever before for the type of hysterectomy you have and the surgical approach (open, vaginal or laparoscopic).

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Women's Reproductive Health - Hysterectomy Fact Sheet". Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/womensrh/00-04-FS_Hysterectomy.htm
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