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Odd question - when you have a hysterectomy, your cervix is removed too, right?

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QTPie Wed 17-Oct-12 21:31:18

Just had a conversation with my mum and she thinks that her cervix is prolapsing again (and effecting her bladder). She had a hysterectomy almost 30 years ago. Isn't the cervix part of the uterus? Don't they take it too? I was quite surprised.

ToothbrushThief Wed 17-Oct-12 21:34:18

They leave it with a sub total op. The vagina can prolapse into the bladder wall as well

TamekaCupcake Wed 17-Oct-12 21:35:09

There are different types of hysterectomy.

Total hysterectomy: the womb and cervix (neck of the womb) are removed; this is the most commonly performed operation

Subtotal hysterectomy: the main body of the womb is removed leaving the cervix in place

Total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy: the womb, cervix, fallopian tubes (salpingectomy) and the ovaries (oophorectomy) are removed

Radical hysterectomy: the womb and surrounding tissues are removed, including the fallopian tubes, part of the vagina, ovaries, lymph glands and fatty tissue.

QTPie Wed 17-Oct-12 22:21:54

Thank you both very much - wow, complicated sad

So women (including my Mum) go through so much with their reproductive organs - men have it so blooming easy in comparison sad

TamekaCupcake Wed 17-Oct-12 23:03:51

I hope she manages to get it sorted out,


QTPie Wed 17-Oct-12 23:18:32

Thanks. She has a very rough time (lots of IBS, some very serious cystitis, lung cancer two years ago)....

Still, I am hoping that she can get herself checked out for endometriosis type scarring (ie whether she has effected her bowel) at the same time: I just got diagnosed with endometriosis last weekend (and I know it is likely to be genetic). Ok she has had a hysterectomy, but did have HRT for 10+ years and I wonder whether maybe endometriosis caused scarring/adhesions that may still effect her bowel.

Don't think that I want to get old - not if I have half of her problems sad

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