Recommended For Subtotal Hysterectomy
Subtotal hysterectomy performed to cure gynecological disorders, for instance, bleeding or pelvic pain. In some cases it is used for the treatment of endometriosis. However, endometriosis may recur later.
Not Recommended For Subtotal Hysterectomy
Partial hysterectomy should not be performed in patients at risk of cervical cancer. Total or radical hysterectomy is recommended in case of cervical cancer suspicion. In addition, in some cases, the doctor may decide to undergo radical or total hysterectomy due to complications during the procedure.
Subtotal hysterectomy is the most limited of all hysterectomy operations but is also referred to as subcervical or partial hysterectomy. In this surgery, only the uterus is removed, and the cervix remains in place. It is not used in cases requiring hysterectomy such as endometriosis or cancer due to the low scope of surgery.
Partial hysterectomy may be done in many ways, like:
• Abdominal hysterectomy – Specialists reach the uterus through a long incision from the abdomen.
• Vaginal hysterectomy – Specialists remove the patient's uterus from the patient's vagina. This kind of hysterectomy operation may be assisted by laparoscopy in which known as a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy.
• Partial laparoscopic hysterectomy – Instead of a large incision, a number of small incisions are made. In this way, specialists can reach the area through a laparoscope, and instruments and cameras equipped with medical devices.
Although there is no advantage over a total hysterectomy in resolving gynecological disorders, supracervical hysterectomy may be preferred for reasons such as rapid healing process and less pain. Due to this reason, this procedure will be applied to patients with pelvic pain and abnormal bleeding, but without any risk of cancer.
This content is written and reviewed by our medical content team in September, 2019.