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

Why choose Parkway East Hospital?

Located on the eastern coast of Singapore, Parkway East Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services, treatments and screenings to support all aspects of women’s health.

Our compassionate, multidisciplinary medical team is dedicated to listening to and meeting your needs and supporting you in your recovery and long-term well-being.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our obstetricians and gynaecologists

Parkway East Hospital's team of doctors and medical staff combine experience, efficiency and empathy in addressing women's health needs, with a focus on safety and warm quality care.

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