Surgery for uterine cancer
Depending on the type and stage of cancer, as well as your individual fertility concerns, we may perform a variety of uterine cancer surgical procedures, including:
- Simple hysterectomy: This is the most common type of hysterectomy for uterine cancer. During a simple hysterectomy, the uterus and cervix are removed.
- Radical hysterectomy: This type of uterine cancer surgery involves removing the uterus, cervix and ovaries, as well as all of the surrounding tissue (the parametria) and the upper part of the vagina.This is sometimes used when the cancer has spread to the cervix.
- Lymphadenectomy: The lymph nodes in the pelvis may also be removed. Your doctor may remove lymph nodes as part of a hysterectomy to stage the cancer to determine if the cancer has spread and if additional treatment will be needed.
Addressing fertility concerns
If you want to preserve your fertility, your gynecologic oncology expert may refer you to a fertility expert to preserve your ovaries or eggs. Patients battling more complex diseases may not be candidates for this option. We will discuss a variety of fertility-sparing procedures with you.