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Hysterectomy (Womb Removal)

  • What is Hysterectomy (Womb Removal)?

    Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is done to remove your uterus (womb). Depending on the condition that requires the surgery, hysterectomy can be done through an incision in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy) or through the vagina (vaginal hysterectomy).

    Abdominal hysterectomy usually treats an enlarged uterus due to a fibroid (non-cancerous growth) or tumour, while a vaginal hysterectomy treats a prolapsed uterus. Occasionally, laparoscopic keyhole surgery is performed.

    In addition to the uterus and cervix (lower tip of the womb), your ovaries and fallopian tubes may sometimes be removed. The decision to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes depends on the reason for surgery. Hysterectomy is usually done only when all other treatments have been attempted.

  • Hysterectomy may be needed if you have:

    • Cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix or endometrium (uterine lining)
    • Fibroids, which are non-cancerous tumours in the wall of your uterus
    • Endometriosis where the tissue lining the uterus grows outside your uterus on your ovaries, fallopian tubes or other organs
    • Prolapse of the uterus where your uterus drops from its usual position into your vagina
    • Adenomyosis where the tissue lining the uterus grows in the muscle walls of your uterus
    • Chronic uterine pain
    • Severe abnormal vaginal bleeding

    Hysterectomy is rarely needed to control bleeding during a caesarean delivery caused by pregnancy complications. There are other methods to control bleeding but hysterectomy is still needed for some women.

  • At Parkway East Hospital, you can look forward to receive treatment in a warm and comforting environment. Our friendly staff and specialists are here to see you through each step of your journey towards recovery.

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