Types of surgery

illustration of types of hysterectomy surgeries

There are different types of hysterectomy surgeries. Your doctor will talk with you about the type of surgery you will behaving.

Total hysterectomy

During a total hysterectomy, the uterus and cervix are removed.

Subtotal (supracervical) hysterectomy

During a subtotal hysterectomy, the uterus is removed, leaving the cervix in place.


During a salpingo-oophorectomy, one or both of the ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed. (The term for this is unilateral orbilateral.)


Incision diagram

Your surgeon will draw where your incisions will be made during your surgery.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Preparing for Your Hysterectomy, gyn-ah-95582
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 04/25/2013
Last Reviewed: 11/30/2015