total hysterectomy

Pronunciation: (TOH-tul HIS-teh-REK-toh-mee)

Surgery to remove the entire uterus, including the cervix. Also called complete hysterectomy.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Hysterectomy. The uterus is surgically removed with or without other organs or tissues. In a total hysterectomy, the uterus and cervix are removed. In a total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy, (a) the uterus plus one (unilateral) ovary and fallopian tube are removed; or (b) the uterus plus both (bilateral) ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed. In a radical hysterectomy, the uterus, cervix, both ovaries, both fallopian tubes, and nearby tissue are removed. These procedures are done using a low transverse incision or a vertical incision.

Date last modified: 2009-10-13