Hysterectomy a surgical procedure where the uterus is removed, ending menstruation and the ability to become pregnant.
Reasons for this surgery include abnormal bleeding, uterine prolapse and cancer.
Why is hysterectomy performed?
A hysterectomy may be performed to treat:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding that is not controlled by other treatment methods.
- Severe endometriosis (uterine tissue that grows outside the uterus).
- Leiomyomas or uterine fibroids (not cancerous tumors) that have increased in size, are painful or are causing bleeding.
- Increased pelvic pain related to the uterus but not controlled by other treatment.
- Uterine prolapse (uterus that has “dropped” into the vaginal canal due to weakened support muscles) that can lead to urinary incontinence or difficulty with bowel movements.
- Cervical or uterine cancer or abnormalities that may lead to cancer for cancer prevention.