What Is A Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus (where the menstrual blood originates) and can also include the cervix (where the PAP smear is taken). Although a typical procedure, we often clarify to patients that a hysterectomy does not include the removal of the tubes and ovaries. Specifically, removal of the ovaries is called an oophorectomy. If indicated, removal of the uterus and the ovaries is a hysterectomy with a bilateral oophorectomy.
Types of Hysterectomy: Does not include removal of the ovaries
- Total Hysterectomy – surgically removes the body of the uterus and the cervix.
- Supracervical (Partial) – surgically removes the uterus only and not the cervix.
Shown here are images which better explain the difference between varied procedures.