Hysterectomy News

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that is used to remove a woman’s uterus, or womb, from her body. In some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed as part of a hysterectomy.

There are different types of hysterectomies. A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus and cervix, while a radical hysterectomy also removes tissue on either side of the uterus as well as the upper portion of the vagina. A partial hysterectomy only removes the upper part of the uterus, while the cervix is left in place.

Why Is Hysterectomy Needed?

Women may require a hysterectomy for many different reasons. One common reason is if cancer is present in the uterus or the surrounding organs. If a woman has especially problematic endometriosis, a condition where the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, then a hysterectomy might be the answer. Fibroids, uterine prolapse, chronic pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding are other medical problems that can be resolved with a hysterectomy.

About the Procedure and Recovery

Hysterectomy is a major surgery that usually takes several weeks to recover fully from. The procedure can be performed either through an incision in the abdomen or through the vagina, and it can also be done as a traditional surgery or with the assistance of a robotic device known as a laparoscope. The recovery from a traditional abdominal surgery will take a few weeks longer than if the surgery is performed through the vagina or with a laparoscope.

Once a hysterectomy is performed, a woman will no longer have menstrual periods or be able to get pregnant. There’s also a chance that menopause will begin earlier if a younger woman receives a hysterectomy. In addition, menopause will begin immediately if the hysterectomy includes the removal of the ovaries and the fallopian tubes. These are all considerations that women will need to think about prior to receiving a hysterectomy.

SOURCES: WomensHealth.gov.

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5/22/2017
Sleep Apnea May Boost Pregnancy Complications

Longer hospital stays, more hysterectomies tied to the sleep disorder, study says

3/6/2017
Less-Invasive Fibroid Treatment May Be 'Under-Used'

But embolization might not be suitable for every woman, specialist says

9/9/2016
Know Your Risk for Ovarian Cancer -- and the Symptoms

Because early signs are often easy to ignore, 140,000 women worldwide die of the disease every year

8/23/2016
Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

Rate of uterus removals done with power morcellators dropped significantly, study finds

5/12/2016
Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk?

Loss of female hormones may explain potential association, researchers say

4/7/2016
FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

But most women aren't candidates for morcellation procedure because of cancer risk, agency says

8/5/2015
Hysterectomy at Younger Age Tied to Heart Disease Risks

Obesity was the cardiovascular disease risk factor most strongly linked with the procedure at all ages

7/1/2015
Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

Study found little difference between menopause types, but black women had less advantage than white

2/5/2015
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Early Menopause: CDC

Disorder also associated with other menstrual problems and pelvic pain, study finds

7/22/2014
Technique Used in Some Hysterectomies May Help Spread Cancer: Study

Cutting uterus into smaller fragments for minimally invasive removal can disperse undetected malignancy

10/10/2013
Uterine Fibroids Take Heavy Toll on Women, Survey Finds

But many delay seeing doctor for years because of concerns about treatments

7/18/2013
Avoidance of Hormone Therapy May Have Harmed Hysterectomy Patients: Study

For older women without a uterus, estrogen may save lives, researchers say

5/14/2013
Hysterectomy May Not Raise Heart Risks After All: Study

Finding might reassure women considering the procedure, researcher says

3/15/2013
Robotic Surgery for Hysterectomy Often Not Best Option, Ob/Gyn Group Says

Expensive procedure adds little to routine care and should be reserved for complex cases, experts say

2/19/2013
Sharp Rise Seen in Robotically Assisted Hysterectomies

Study finds complication rate similar to other minimally invasive technique, but higher cost

1/14/2013
Early Ovary Removal May Be Tied to Lapses in Memory, Thinking

The younger the surgical menopause patient, the more brain decline, preliminary research shows

11/1/2012
Multiple C-Sections Linked to Raised Complication Risks: Study

Women who had 5 or more cesarean-section deliveries had more bleeding, preterm births

5/11/2012
Is Combining Hysterectomy and a Tummy Tuck Safe?

Yes, small study concludes, but some other experts disagree

4/20/2012
Lower Risk for Bowel Obstruction With Less Invasive Surgery: Study

Swedish researchers compared open surgery with laparoscopy

3/7/2012
Estrogen-Only Therapy May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Study looked at women with hysterectomy taking hormones for menopause symptoms

12/20/2011
Uterine Fibroids Cost Billions in U.S. Health Care, Lost Work: Report

Common women's condition takes up to $35 billion toll each year

12/8/2011
Early Ovary Removal May Raise Arthritis, Osteoporosis Risk

Study showed nearly half of women under 45 who had procedure developed one or the other condition

11/17/2011
Ovary-Saving Hysterectomy Linked to Early Menopause

Younger women at risk for bone loss, other health problems, researchers say

9/16/2011
Hysterectomies Not Well Understood by U.S. Women

More than 1 in 10 mistakenly thought women could get pregnant without a uterus, researchers found

8/26/2011
Gene Mutations Identified in Uterine Fibroids

Research sheds light on why these painful noncancerous tumors affect so many women

4/27/2011
Removing Ovaries During Hysterectomy Won't Raise Other Health Risks: Study

It lowered chances of ovarian cancer, didn't raise rates of heart disease, osteoporosis, other cancers

4/6/2011
Weight Linked to Complications in Some Hysterectomy Patients

Bleeding, infections more likely in obese and underweight women, study finds

6/18/2009
Hysterectomies Could Be Source of Stem Cells

Researchers eye tissues that are normally discarded after surgery

6/1/2009
New Technique May Improve Early Cervical Cancer Treatment

Modified hysterectomy method could boost survival, German study shows

4/24/2009
Health Tip: Why a Hysterectomy May Be Needed

Possible reasons for the surgery

1/27/2009
Ovary Removal May Not Be Needed in Endometrial Cancer

In women 45 and younger, study finds no survival difference when ovaries left intact

1/23/2009
Menstrual Bleeding Treatment Safer Than Thought

Ablation technique is a less invasive alternative to hysterectomy, researchers note

11/9/2007
Health Tip: After Hysterectomy

What to expect while you're recovering

10/26/2007
Hysterectomy May Boost Incontinence Risk

When done to treat benign conditions, procedure more than doubled the odds, study found

1/1/2007
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: A New Approach

For some women, it offers faster, less painful recoveries

7/14/2006
Health Tip: Understanding Hysterectomy

Variation helps determine recovery time

5/8/2006
Long-Term Estrogen Therapy Linked to Breast Cancer

Finding supports guidelines on hormone therapy for menopause, expert says

1/18/2006
Hysterectomy Reduces Cancer Odds for High-Risk Women

Those with Lynch syndrome may benefit from removal of uterus and ovaries, study reports

8/1/2005
Keeping Ovaries After Hysterectomy Boosts Survival

Study says preservation protects against heart disease, osteoporosis

3/21/2005
Study Unravels Hysterectomy-Heart Disease Link

Operation itself does not raise a woman's cardiovascular risk, study finds

1/24/2005
Vaginal Hysterectomy Is Preferred Method: Study

It results in better recovery times than abdominal procedure

6/23/2004
HRT Won't Halt Dementia in Older Women

New research says it may actually worsen it

6/22/2004
Many Women Getting Unneeded Pap Tests

Most who have had a hysterectomy don't need the exams

4/13/2004
Estrogen-Only Study Produces Mixed Results

Hormone helps menopausal symptoms, but raises stroke risk

3/23/2004
Studies Find Hysterectomy Viable Yet Avoidable

Women can turn to surgery, but other options are available

2/24/2004
Halting Damage of Hysterectomy

Robotic-assisted surgery effective in treating sagging vagina

11/26/2003
Sexual Dysfunction Can Follow Hysterectomy

Cancer patients report increased problems after surgery

10/2/2003
Hysterectomy Doesn't Diminish Sexual Pleasure

For many women, sex is more enjoyable after the operation, study says

8/7/2003
Docs Don't Level With Women About Hysterectomies

Many perform more drastic surgery than may be needed, study says

4/26/2003
Hysterectomy: A Surgery Many Women May Not Need

Campaign seeks to focus attention on other treatments