Total abdominal hysterectomy

Abdominal hysterectomy is defined as a surgical procedure to remove the uterus from your body through an incision made in your lower abdomen. The uterus is the body part where the baby grows during the period of pregnancy. Abdominal hysterectomy is conducted in two ways – partial and total. The partial abdominal hysterectomy is a procedure to remove only the uterus, while leaving the cervix intact; whereas a total abdominal hysterectomy is the removal of both the uterus and the cervix.

Hysterectomy may also include the removal of one or both ovaries as well as the fallopian tubes. This whole elaborate procedure is known as a total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy.

Why opt for a total abdominal hysterectomy?

If you are scheduled for a total abdominal hysterectomy, there could be a number of reasons. Common reasons for abdominal hysterectomy are:

  • You are having excessive bleeding with large uterus.
  • Your uterus is large.

What can a total abdominal hysterectomy treat?

A total abdominal hysterectomy can treat a number of health problems, this list includes,

Gynecologic cancer

A cancer in the uterus or the cervix can best treated with a total abdominal hysterectomy.


Fibroids can be treated by hysterectomy. Benign uterine tumors that result in continuous bleeding are a serious health concern. So a total abdominal hysterectomy can be the way to treat the condition.


The tissue lining inside the uterus or the endometrium often grows outside the uterus or even on the ovaries, fallopian tube or any other pelvic or abdominal organs. This condition is known as endometriosis. It is in this condition that a total abdominal hysterectomy along with a salpingo-oophorectomy can be the cure.

Abnormal vaginal bleeding

An irregular period, a heavy period, and even a prolonged period is a cause for concern and can be cured by a total abdominal hysterectomy.

Chronic pelvic pain

Women suffering from chronic pelvic pain may have to take help of surgery to relieve them. Especially for those that arise in the uterus, a total abdominal hysterectomy may be the last refuge.

Seek careful evaluation for the doctor before going for a surgery as important as this one.


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