Hysterectomy

(Removal of the Womb)

Summary

 A Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the womb (uterus).  You will no longer be able to get pregnant after the operation.  If you haven’t already gone through the menopause, you will also no longer have periods, regardless of your age.  The menopause is when a woman’s monthly periods stop, usually at around the age of 52.  It is more common for women aged 40-50 to have a hysterectomy.  There are different types of hysterectomy.  The operation you have will depend on the reason for the surgery and how much of your womb and reproductive system can safely be left in place.  Hysterectomies are carried out to treat conditions that affect the female reproductive system, including:

• Heavy periods (menorrhagia)

• Long-term pelvic pain

• Non-cancerous tumours (fibroids)

• Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer or cancer of the fallopian tubes

A hysterectomy is a major operation with a long recovery time and is only considered after alternative, less invasive, treatments have been tried. The main types of hysterectomy are:

• 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

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

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  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Abdominal or Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn\a£5,560Included£5,560
    Guide priceNil£5,560Nil£5,560
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose 
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you 
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

An abdominal hysterectomy takes around 1 hour to perform and is carried out under general anaesthetic in theatre.  During the procedure, your consultant will make an incision in your abdomen (tummy).  It will either be made horizontally along your bikini line, or vertically from your belly button down to your bikini line. A vertical incision will usually be used if there are large fibroids (non-cancerous growths) in your womb or for some types of cancer.

After your womb has been removed, the incision is stitched up. An abdominal hysterectomy may be recommended if your womb is enlarged by fibroids or pelvic tumours and it is not possible to remove it through your vagina. It may also be recommended if your ovaries need to be removed.

After having a hysterectomy, you may wake up feeling tired and in some pain. This experience is normal after this type of surgery.  You will be given painkillers to help reduce any pain and discomfort.  If you feel sick after the anaesthetic, your nurse will be able to give you medication to help relieve this.  You may have a drip in your arm and a catheter (a small tube that drains urine from your bladder into a collection bag).  Dressings will be placed over your wounds.

If you have had a vaginal hysterectomy, you may have a gauze pack inserted into your vagina. This is to minimise the risk of any bleeding after the operation and will usually stay in place for 24 hours. You may find it slightly uncomfortable and feel like you need to empty your bowels. The length of time it will take before you are well enough to leave hospital will depend on your age and your general level of health.

To find out more:
If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr Rowan Connell

    MB BS MD MRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Professor Omer Devaja

    MD MSc PhD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Andreas Papadopoulos

    MB BS BSc MD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Miss Anne Henderson

    MA MB BChir MA MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Labia Reduction
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Menopause and HRT Clinic
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Steve Attard-Montalto

    MD MRCOG MD (lond)

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Robert Macdermott

    MB ChB, MD, FRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
  • Mr Hany Habeeb

    MB Bch FRCOG

    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Labia Reduction
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Abhishek Gupta

    MBBS MD MRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
    • Sterilisation
  • Mr Brian Wise

    MBBS, MD, FRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina