Hysterectomy is a surgery done to remove all or some of the uterus. Hysterectomies are done for certain kinds of cancers, chronic pain, abnormal periods, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and uterine prolapse. There are several kinds of hysterectomies – total, in which the entire uterus and cervix is removed; partial, in which the upper part of the uterus is removed, but the cervix is left intact. Sometimes a hysterectomy may be done along with removing the ovaries and or fallopian tubes, one side or both sides. A hysterectomy can be done vaginally, through the abdomen, or with laparoscopy which can include robotically assisted laparoscopy.
Hysterectomy is one of the safest medical procedures, but like all procedures, it does carry some risks, including infection, bleeding which could require a blood transfusion, anesthesia-related complications, injury to nearby organs, blood clots, and rarely, death. Hysterectomy is done at the hospital and you may have short stay after, some women go home the someday of surgery. Each woman is different and if you stay or not depends on you, your surgery and your doctor.