Your doctor is showing this presentation so you can learn about a surgery called abdominal hysterectomy. You and your doctor should have already talked about your health and that after the surgery you will not be able to have children.
During an abdominal hysterectomy, your uterus is taken out through an incision in your abdomen. Depending on what you want, your fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be taken out. This is called a salpingo-oophorectomy (sal - ping - OOfurECTomy).
Although a hysterectomy keeps you from getting pregnant, birth control is not a reason to have a hysterectomy. Some reasons to have a hysterectomy are:
· Abnormal uterine bleeding
· Fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths on the uterus
· Pelvic organ prolapse, or when your pelvic organs start moving down
· Pelvic pain
· Pelvic inflammatory disease
· Abnormal growths
We will talk more about these different things later in the presentation.