An abdominal hysterectomy (AH) is surgery to take out your uterus (womb). The uterus is the reproductive organ in a woman’s body where a baby grows during pregnancy. Your reproductive organs work together to help you have a baby. Your cervix is the narrow part of your uterus that is next to or above your vagina. During an AH, your uterus is removed through an incision (cut) in your lower abdomen (stomach). Other reproductive organs may be removed depending on the type of surgery you are having. After your uterus is removed, you will not be able to have a baby.

You may need an abdominal hysterectomy if you have a tumor (growth) in your uterus or other reproductive organs. You may need an AH if you have an infection in your uterus, or to treat very bad pain caused by a disease called endometriosis. You may need to have an AH if you have problems with your menses (a woman’s monthly period). You may need an urgent abdominal hysterectomy if you cannot stop bleeding right after you have a baby. After an abdominal hysterectomy, problems such as pain and bleeding may decrease or stop.

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