Subtotal hysterectomy - Definition

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A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus both in whole or in part. A hysterectomy is sometimes performed in cases of cancer of the female genital tract that could affect the cervix, endometrium, the lining of the uterine wall, or the ovaries. It is also performed for painful fibroids responsible for bleeding. It is called a subtotal hysterectomy when surgery concerns the body of the uterus, but the cervix is left in place.