A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove the uterus. Hysterectomy is the most common gynecologic operation performed in the United States, with an average of more than 600,000 performed annually. A hysterectomy may be recommended if you have an abnormal growth on your cervix or uterus, endometriosis, fibroids, cancer, or uterine prolapse. A hysterectomy may also be recommended if you have severe pelvic pain or bleeding.

Important Considerations

Before you decide to have a hysterectomy, it's essential to understand the risks and benefits of this surgery. Your doctor will discuss these with you in detail. Factors to consider include:

  • your age
  • overall health 
  • medical history
  • type of Hysterectomy
  • whether or not you want to become pregnant 

Understanding Different Types of Hysterectomy

There are several different types of Hysterectomy. The type you choose will depend on your medical history and personal preferences.

  • Radical Hysterectomy - performed when cancer or endometriosis is present. It removes the uterus, cervix, and some of the surrounding tissue.
  • Total Hysterectomy - removes all of the uterus and cervix as well as all of the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
  • Subtotal Hysterectomy - removes only part of the uterus.
  • Endometrial Ablation - uses radiofrequency or thermal energy to destroy glandular tissue in the uterus.

Are You Interested in Learning More About Your Hysterectomy Options? 

The team at Atlanta Women Specialty Group is dedicated to helping you make the best decision for your health and well-being, and we believe that a hysterectomy is only one of many possibilities. We want to help you understand your options so that you can get the proper treatment for you. If you'd like to learn more about the risks and benefits of a hysterectomy, or if you'd like to consult with an expert about the possibility of other treatments for your condition, we invite you to contact us today.