Definitions for hysterectomyˌhɪs təˈrɛk tə mi
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
hys•ter•ec•to•myˌhɪs təˈrɛk tə mi(n.)(pl.)-mies.
surgical excision of the uterus.
Origin of hysterectomy:
surgical removal of the uterus
The surgical procedure to remove all of or part of the uterus.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, usually performed by a gynecologist. Hysterectomy may be total or partial. It is the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedure. In 2003, over 600,000 hysterectomies were performed in the United States alone, of which over 90% were performed for benign conditions. Such rates being highest in the industrialized world has led to the major controversy that hysterectomies are being largely performed for unwarranted and unnecessary reasons. Removal of the uterus renders the patient unable to bear children and has surgical risks as well as long-term effects, so the surgery is normally recommended when other treatment options are not available. It is expected that the frequency of hysterectomies for non-malignant indications will fall as there are good alternatives in many cases. Oophorectomy is frequently done together with hysterectomy to decrease the risk of ovarian cancer. However, recent studies have shown that prophylactic oophorectomy without an urgent medical indication decreases a woman's long-term survival rates substantially and has other serious adverse effects. This effect is not limited to pre-menopausal women; even women who have already entered menopause were shown to have experienced a decrease in long-term survivability post-oophorectomy.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Excision of the uterus.
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