Hysterectomy - total and subtotal
Hysterectomy is used to treat
menstrual problems and
chronic pelvic pain caused by endometriosis and pelvic
inflammatory disease (PID).
A total hysterectomy involves
removal of the uterus and
the cervix. The vagina is closed over at The top and
remains the normal length.
A subtotal hysterectomy involves
removal of the uterus
only. The cervix is left intact and the vagina remains
normal length. This operation is performed only if a
woman wishes to keep her cervix or if there are.technical
difficulties with the operation.
The operation is performed
under a general anaesthetic
and takes about 1 hour.
During the operation, a catheter will be passed up the
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 surgery,
this will be controlled with pain killers.
The average length of stay
in hospital is 5-7 days and
normal activities can be resumed within 6-8 weeks.
There should be no problems
with sexual intercourse
following the operation.