Cancer can affect various parts of a woman’s reproductive system, including the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Physicians will often recommend a hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uterus.
Hysterectomy performed for cancer may be described as a simple hysterectomy, meaning that only the uterus (including the cervix) is removed. A radical hysterectomy is performed when it is necessary to remove the parametrial tissue surrounding the lower portion of the uterus and cervix and possibly the upper vagina.
In both a simple or radical hysterectomy, the surgeon may also recommend removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and/or lymph nodes during the procedure.
|Traditional open abdomen incision.
|½ inch incision for robot assisted surgery.
There are several different ways to perform a hysterectomy.
» Most common
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