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Types of Hysterectomies

There are always confusion regarding the type of hysterectomy that we do.  The term “partial hysterectomy” or “total hysterectomy” is often used by our patients.  Unfortunately, these terms are used so loosely that it gives us little information.

The key thing with hysterectomy is whether the ovaries are left in or not.  Some one that undergoes a hysterectomy and have both ovaries removed is termed hysterectomy with bilateral oophrectomy (removal of ovary).  If the right ovary is removed, its termed right oophrectomy and vice versa for the left.  Hysterectomy with both ovaries left in is just a hysterectomy.  Supracervical hysterectomy is when we take the uterus out but leave the cervix behind.

Hopefully this clears it up a bit.


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