Partial Hysterectomy or Total Hysterectomy by Zab12

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In general, a hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. This procedure may be performed
as a result of several conditions or illnesses that sometimes invade a woman’s reproductive
system. Based on the organs removed during the surgery, hysterectomies are put into one of
three categories.

During a radical hysterectomy doctors remove the uterus and supporting structures, the cervix
(lower portion of the uterus that opens into the vagina), ovaries and in some cases the lymph
nodes. This procedure may be necessary when cancer has spread throughout the reproductive
system.

The name total hysterectomy can be misleading. This surgery does not remove the total
reproductive system. The ovaries are left intact and the uterus and the cervix are taken out.

The third type of this surgery is known by several names: subtotal, supracervical and partial
hysterectomy. This procedure is done when only the uterus is affected.

Deciding on a particular type can sometimes be difficult for a patient. When the condition
dictating the surgery can be treated with a total or partial hysterectomy there is no definitive
evidence that recommends one over the other.

Here are questions you might want to ask your doctor before making a decision to have a
particular type of surgery.

• In most cases, what hysterectomy is performed on women in your condition?
• What organs have been compromised by your condition?
• What are the risks of each procedure?
• How does recovery from one procedure to the other compare?

In addition to asking these questions, you may want to do more research on your owe. Ask for
pamphlets, do some research online and seek out women who have had the operations you are
considering.

Of course, the amount of time you will have to arrive at a decision will depend on your
condition. These procedures are sometimes done in emergency situations.

								
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