Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Gateway Clinics offer various surgical techniques for this procedure. Consult with our top medical experts for personalized advice.

Information for patients:

There are three types of hysterectomy:

1. Vaginal hysterectomy: The uterus is removed through the vagina. This method is considered the least invasive approach.

2. Laparoscopic hysterectomy: During laparoscopic removal of the uterus, all abdominal organs can be inspected, and changes to the ovaries can be treated simultaneously.

3. Abdominal hysterectomy: If vaginal and/or laparoscopic removal of the uterus is deemed too risky or technically challenging for various reasons, removal via an abdominal incision (laparotomy) may be performed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Depending on the need, the fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed.

Why is a hysterectomy performed?

A hysterectomy can be performed for various reasons, including severe uterine bleeding, uterine cancer, fibroids (benign tumors in the uterus), endometriosis, uterine prolapse, or chronic pelvic pain.

What types of hysterectomies are there?

There are different types of hysterectomies, including total hysterectomy (removal of the entire uterus), subtotal hysterectomy (removal of the upper part of the uterus), and radical hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and surrounding tissues in certain cancer cases).

What risks are associated with a hysterectomy?

Risks of a hysterectomy may include bleeding, infections, injuries to surrounding organs, complications with anesthesia, temporary or permanent hormonal changes. Our specialists will inform you about all risks.

How long does recovery take after a hysterectomy?

Recovery time after a hysterectomy may vary depending on the type of operation and individual circumstances. Generally, women can return to their normal activities after a few weeks, although full recovery may take several weeks. Many women regain their original functionality only after 4-6 weeks.

Who is a candidate for a hysterectomy?

Women with severe gynecological conditions such as uterine cancer, heavy uterine bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, or other conditions that do not respond to conservative treatments may be candidates for a hysterectomy.

Are there alternative treatment options to a hysterectomy?

Yes, depending on the diagnosis and condition, there are alternative treatment options such as medical therapy, hormone therapy, uterine artery embolization, or ablation techniques. Our specialists will recommend the best treatment option for your specific situation.

How is preparation for a hysterectomy done?

Preparation may include discontinuing certain medications, fasting, performing preoperative tests such as blood tests or imaging, and following instructions from the doctor. Important: list and inform about all medications taken before the surgery!

How do I find a qualified surgeon for a hysterectomy?

The Gateway Clinics specialize in all gynecological conditions. Our gynecologists and specialists have extensive experience and expertise, especially in performing uterus-preserving procedures as well as hysterectomies. Feel free to reach out to us for further questions or find more information on our website.

Where can I get more information about hysterectomies?

For more information about hysterectomies and specific treatment options, please feel free to contact us at any time or find more information on our website.


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