Ask the Experts- June 2015

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: June 12, 2015

Dear Red Hot Mamas Experts,

I’m confused because I have been told I need a hysterectomy.  My question is are there different types?  I most appreciate your help.


Dear Donna,
Yes, there are different types of hysterectomies which include:

– Partial or subtotal.  This procedure removes the uterus but leaves the cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes in place.

– Total or complete hysterectomy refers to a procedure that removes the uterus and the cervix but not the ovaries and the fallopian tubes.

-Radical is a procedure that removes the uterus, the upper part of the vagina, the cervix, supporting tissues, one or both ovaries, and the fallopian tubes.

Its important for you to get a second, or even a third opinion regarding the need for a hysterectomy.  And always look for a surgeon who does minimally invasive hysterectomies.  You should discuss with your surgeon all your options.

Thank you for writing to Red Hot Mamas.
RHM’s Experts