Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. It is a very common type of surgery for women in the United States. Removing your uterus means that you can no longer become pregnant.

Hysterectomy is used to treat many women’s health conditions. Some of these conditions include the following:

  • Uterine fibroids (this is the most common reason for hysterectomy)
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic support problems (such as uterine prolapse)
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Gynecologic cancer

In some cases, medications or other procedures that allow you to become pregnant now or in the near future can be tried before having a hysterectomy. Some women wait to have a hysterectomy until after they have completed their families. If you choose another option besides a hysterectomy, keep in mind that you may need additional treatment later.

There are different types of hysterectomy:

  • Total hysterectomy—The entire uterus, including the cervix, is removed.
  • Supracervical (also called subtotal or partial) hysterectomy—The upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left in place. This type of hysterectomy can only be performed laparoscopically or abdominally.
  • Radical hysterectomy—This is a total hysterectomy that also includes removal of structures around the uterus. It may be recommended if cancer is diagnosed or suspected.

This information was provided by the Amercian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Click HERE for more information on hysterectomies. 

Sandpoint Women's Health performs hysterectomies. Call 208-263-2173 to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled providers or click the button below to request an appointment.