Description: Hysterectomy is a procedure which involves the surgical removal of the uterus (womb). It can also involve the removal of the fallopian tubes, ovaries and cervix. Following this operation women no longer have periods, are no longer fertile and cannot bear children.
There are two main ways to perform a hysterectomy. The most common way is to remove the uterus through a cut in the lower abdomen, the second, less common way, is to remove the uterus only through a cut in the top of the vagina. In certain cases combinations of the two methods are also employed. Each operation lasts between one to two hours and is performed under a general anesthetic.
For many women post hysterectomy health implications and hysterectomy recovery are important issues. There are many reasons for having a hysterectomy, one of which is uterine fibroids.
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Hysterectomy Abstracts of Articles and Books for Medical Doctors
Hysterectomy and women's health
Abdominal Hysterectomy: Trends, Analysis and Sexual Function
E. Scott Sills, MD
A randomized comparison of total or supracervical hysterectomy: surgical complications and clinical outcomes
Learman L.A.; Summitt R.L.; Varner R.E.; McNeeley S.G.; Goodman-Gruen D.; Richter H.E.; Lin F.; Showstack J.; Ireland C.C.; Vittinghoff E.; Hulley S.B.; Washington A.E.; Total orSupracervical Hysterectomy TOSH Research Group
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