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A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes a woman’s uterus. It may be performed in a variety of ways, from open to laparoscopic to robotic. A hysterectomy may be performed for both noncancerous and cancerous conditions. Other organs, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes, are sometimes removed at the same time. Your physician can help you decide whether a hysterectomy is the correct treatment option for you.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Hysterectomy
Developed by the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privately developed health information for the lay public. An interactive tutorial is available in Spanish or English at this site.

National Women's Health Information Center
This site was developed by the National Women’s Health Information Center to provide accurate and up-to-date information on hysterectomy.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
This site discusses the benefits and alternatives to abdominal hysterectomy with links to information on vaginal hysterectomy.


  • 100 questions & answers about hysterectomy. Ricks D. 2007.
  • Female genital prolapsed and urinary incontinence. Gomel V. 2008.
  • Uterine fibroids: the complete guide. Stewart E. 2007

The following resources are available in print at the Health Learning Center or electronically at  http://www.nmh.org/nm/health library virtual library .

  • Gale encyclopedia of medicine. Longe JL, ed. 2006.
  • Gale encyclopedia of surgery. Senagore AJ, ed. 2010.

Journal Articles

  • “Hysterectomy: understand the options.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource, 14(9):4-5. Sept. 2010
  • “Routine ovary removal during hysterectomy ill-advised for most women. Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 16(11):7. July 2009.
  • “What to do about fibroids.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 15(11):3–5. July 2008.
  • “Hysterectomy doesn’t harm—and may help—sexual function.” Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 14(12):3. August 2007.
  • “Options for hormone therapy in women who have had a hysterectomy.” Menopause. 14(3 Pt 2):592–597. Haney AF. May–June 2007.
  • “Vaginal hysterectomy: dispelling the myths.” Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Canada: JOGC. 29(5):242–428. McCracken G. May 2007.


Uterus model is available at Alberto Culver Women’s Health Learning Center (Prentice Women’s Hospital).

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Alberto Culver Health Learning Center  at 312.926.5465, or e-mail us at HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateOctober 29, 2012