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When to Consider a Hysterectomy

When to Consider a Hysterectomy

Conditions Treated By Having a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure where a woman’s uterus is completely removed. After having this procedure, a woman will no longer be able to become pregnant, nor will they have menstrual periods. In some instances, the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed—which will then trigger menopause.

When it comes to your gynecological health, certain health complications can mean that the uterus needs to be removed. The health experts at St. John's Health are here to outline some of the different health conditions where a hysterectomy may be a viable treatment option.

Gynecological Cancer

When suffering from gynecological cancer, having a hysterectomy to remove your uterus can be an effective treatment option. Some forms of cancer that this can help to address include:

  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Your primary care or OBGYN provider will evaluate patients for these gynecological cancers, and refer them to specialists at St. John’s Cancer Care.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are muscular tumors that can grow along the walls of the uterus. Although they are typically benign and relatively harmless, some women with uterine fibroids experience painful symptoms that can range from moderate to severe.

While myomectomies are typically performed to remove the fibroids, leaving the healthy tissue intact—it’s possible for fibroids to grow back. In this case, a hysterectomy may be an option.


Endometriosis is a health condition in which the tissue that typically lines the uterus begins to grow outside of it. This can manifest severe pain, cramping, irregular periods, and can even lead to infertility issues. When other treatment options have failed, a hysterectomy is usually the next step.

Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID)

Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID) is a bacterial infection that can cause severe abdominal pain and can even lead to infertility issues. Although it can be treated with non-surgical intervention when caught early on, more severe cases of PID may require a hysterectomy.

Other Conditions Treated by a Hysterectomy

In addition to the gynecological health conditions outlined above, a hysterectomy can also be done to address the following health issue:

  • Hyperplasia
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Placenta accreta
  • Complications from labor and delivery
  • Adenomyosis

Robotic Surgery in Jackson, Wilson, and Teton County

At St. John's Health, we are dedicated to providing ever-advancing individualized care. Our highly skilled surgeons use state-of-the-art robotics to assist with various surgeries in Jackson, WY. Robotics allows surgeons to be more precise, and carry out minimally invasive procedures that help patients to feel better, faster.

Some of the available robotic-assisted surgeries available at St. John's Health include:

  • Colorectal
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Ventral Hernia
  • Endometriosis Resection
  • Benign Hysterectomy
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Prostate Surgery

Talk to your surgical care team today to discuss your robot-assisted surgery options at St. John's Health.