MSH: Excision of the uterus.,CSP: surgical removal of the uterus.,NCI: Surgery to remove the uterus and, sometimes, the cervix. When the uterus and the cervix are removed, it is called a total hysterectomy. When only the uterus is removed, it is called a partial hysterectomy.,MEDLINEPLUS: <p>A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus. The uterus is the place where a baby grows when a woman is pregnant. Sometimes, the ovaries and fallopian tubes also are taken out. Hysterectomies are very common - one in three women in the United States has had one by age 60.</p><p>Your health care provider might recommend a hysterectomy if you have</p><ul><li><a href='http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/uterinefibroids.html'>Fibroids</a> </li><li><a href='http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/endometriosis.html'>Endometriosis</a> not cured by medicine or surgery</li><li>Uterine prolapse - when the uterus drops into the vagina </li><li>Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries </li><li>Vaginal bleeding that persists

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