Catherine Spader, RN

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus to treat a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions of the uterus and reproductive system. The uterus is a pear-shaped organ located in the lower abdominal (pelvic) area where a baby grows during pregnancy.

Uterus removal is a common but major surgery with significant risks and potential complications. Removing the uterus also means you will no longer be able to bear children. Your body may ex