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Hysterectomy - Why It Is Done

In most cases, hysterectomy is an elective surgery used to treat noncancerous female reproductive system camera.gif (gynecologic) conditions that haven't improved with medical treatment. For women who have no plans for pregnancy and have considered and tried other treatment options without success, a hysterectomy may be a reasonable treatment choice.

Hysterectomy is also a potentially lifesaving measure when used to stop severe bleeding after childbirth or to remove cervical cancer or endometrial (uterine) cancer.

Reasons for hysterectomy include:

  • Severe bleeding after childbirth.
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Uterine fibroids.
  • Uterine prolapse.
  • Endometriosis and adenomyosis.
  • Chronic pelvic pain (only when caused by a diagnosed condition that can be corrected with hysterectomy).
  • Cancer of the cervix, uterus, or ovaries.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 02, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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