What is a hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy involves surgically removing the uterus (womb).
There are many reasons for having an hysterectomy including heavy bleeding, fibroids, adenomyosis, infection, endometriosis or cancer.
The most common method involves removing the uterus via an incision in the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy).
Vaginal hysterectomy is the term given when the uterus is removed via the vagina with no incisions on the abdomen. This involves the least amount of pain and discomfort for the patient.
Laparoscopy enables an abdominal hysterectomy to be converted into a procedure where a large cut is avoided. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is major surgery accomplished through minor incisions.
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