Hysterectomy (Overview)


This surgery removes the uterus. That's also known as the "womb." Other organs may be removed, too. Let's learn about the basic types of hysterectomy, and why they are done.

Partial Hysterectomy

The first type is called a "partial" hysterectomy. With this surgery, only the uterus is removed. We do this to treat problems that cause pain or bleeding. This includes fibroids, polyps and endometriosis.

Total Hysterectomy

The next type is called a "total" hysterectomy. This removes the uterus and cervix. Sometimes the fallopian tubes and ovaries are taken, too. It treats cancer and non-cancer conditions.

Radical Hysterectomy

The third type is called a "radical" hysterectomy. It removes the upper part of the vagina, the cervix and the uterus. The fallopian tubes, ovaries, lymph nodes and surrounding tissue are removed, too. This surgery is done to treat cancer.


If you need a hysterectomy, talk with your doctor about your options.