How to Decide if You Might Need a:
Hysterectomy - Removal of the Uterus
Oophorectomy - Removal of the Ovaries

Any surgery should be done for a very good reason, by the most appropriate surgical route, in the least debilitating way, allowing the speediest recovery of function. Deciding if the uterus or ovaries should be removed is actually two separate processes, for two different sets of reasons.

Read this detailed discussion about hysterectomy and oophorectomy » (pdf document)

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The pdf document, who's link is above, covers this material:


  • Definitions of surgical approaches to hysterectomy
    • Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH)
    • Total Vaginal Hysterectomy (TVH)
    • Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH)
    • Laparoscopic Supra-cervical Hysterectomy (LSH)
    • Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH)
    • Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (RALH) with the da Vinci System
  • A few facts about hysterectomy
    • Your Uterus is not a filter
    • Hysterectomy does not ruin your sex life
    • Hysterectomy will not cause prolapse of your organs or bladder leakage
    • Hysterectomy will not result in your aging faster
    • Hysterectomy will not make you get fat
    • Hysterectomy will not harm your sense of womanhood or femininity
    • Hysterectomy should not leave the cervix in place
  • Why would you need a hysterectomy?
    1. Cancerous or pre-cancerous problems of the ovaries, uterus or cervix
      • Cancer or pre-cancer of the uterus
      • Pelvic mass, infection, cancer or pre-cancer of the ovaries
      • Pre-cancer and cancer of the cervix
    2. Benign problems of the uterus and ovaries, and pain
      • Fibroids of the Uterus
      • Heavy bleeding can be caused by fibroids
      • Pelvic pain or pressure can be caused by fibroids
      • Pain before or during periods
      • Pain during sex
      • Infection of the uterus, tubes or ovaries
      • Quality of life: do you deserve it?
  • Hysterectomy FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
    • Will I be happy after I have a hysterectomy?
    • How safe is having a hysterectomy?
    • How much pain will I have after the hysterectomy?
    • How long will the procedure take?
    • What happens after the surgery?
    • How soon can I have intercourse after my hysterectomy?
    • How long will I need to be off work?
    • If my doctor recommends a robotic-assisted hysterectomy, will my insurance cover the procedure?
    • How do I schedule my procedure?
  • Conclusions

Oophorectomy (starts on page 11 of the pdf)

  • Why would you elect to remove the ovaries?
    • If you are still involved in your fertility years....
    • If you are past your fertility years and need surgery for a mass or for pain and have normal ovaries....
    • If a woman undergoing hysterectomy is over 50....
    • Removing the ovaries will put you into menopause
    • Pelvic mass is not cancer
    • Relieve significant pain, during menses, during sex or other activity
    • Relieve disability from premenstrual symptoms (PMS)
    • Prevention of Hormone-related migraines
    • To prevent ovarian cancer
    • To prevent ovarian cancer in women from families with cancers of the breast, ovary, colon, stomach, lung, and lymphomas
    • To prevent ovary and breast cancer in women with hereditary cancer genes
    • To reduce risk of new breast cancer
    • To reduce breast cancer recurrence in women with prior breast cancer
  • Quality of life: do you deserve it?

Will I be happy after I have a hysterectomy/oophorectomy?


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