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We Help You Choose the Right Option

Hysterectomy is one of the most common reasons why women need gynecological-related surgery. It can also be an emotionally difficult procedure for some women. If you need a hysterectomy, our care teams are here to support you and help you choose the right surgical option for you, based on your diagnosis, your doctor’s recommendation and your stage of life.

What is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of some or all of a woman's reproductive organs. Types of hysterectomies include:

  • Supracervical hysterectomy — removes the uterus, but leaves the cervix intact
  • Total hysterectomy — full removal of the uterus and cervix
  • Radical hysterectomy or modified radical hysterectomy — a more extensive surgery for gynecologic cancer that includes removing the uterus and cervix. As part of this procedure, it may also be necessary to remove a portion of the vagina, fallopian tubes, ovaries and lymph nodes to determine how far the cancer has spread.

A hysterectomy can be performed through incisions in the abdomen or vagina.

Whenever possible, our surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery, to perform a hysterectomy. Minimally invasive surgery offers benefits to patients that may include less pain, less scarring, fewer complications and a faster recovery time.

However, there may be times where a traditional, open surgery technique is necessary, for example, when the uterus is very large, there are large uterine fibroids, or cancer of the uterus, ovaries or cervix is possible.

Your surgeon will discuss all your options with you prior to surgery.

A Center of Excellence

MultiCare is recognized as a center of excellence for minimally invasive gynecological surgery, in large part due to our pioneering work with robotic-assisted hysterectomy surgery.

MultiCare surgeons began using robotic-assisted surgery for minimally invasive hysterectomies back in 2005, and have performed thousands of minimally invasive surgeries since then using the da Vinci® Surgical System, as well as other minimally invasive surgical techniques.