Hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
A hysterectomy can be used to treat menstrual problems
in women approaching the menopause. Bilateral
salpingo- oophorectomy, which is removal of the ovaries,
is carried out to prevent the risk of ovarian cancer in
future and the formation of scar tissue which may cause
The two procedures are carried out in one operation,
which involves the removal of the uterus, Fallopian
tubes, cervix and ovaries. The vagina is closed over at
the top and remains the normal length.
The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic
and takes about 1 hour.
During the operation, a catheter will be passed
urethra into the bladder to drain off the urine. A plastic
tube may also be inserted into the wound to remove any
slight bleeding. These tubes will be left in place for
Although there will be some discomfort following
this will be controlled with pain killers.
The average length of stay in hospital is 5-7 days
normal activities can be resumed within 6-8 weeks.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be prescribed
to replace the ovarian hormones, depending upon the
age of the patient.
There should be no problems with sexual intercourse
following the operation.