Hysterectomy: Resource Overview

Hysterectomy, the total or partial removal of the uterus, is performed to treat many conditions, such as leiomyomas (also called fibroids), endometriosis, or cancer. Ob-gyns, physicians whose primary responsibility is women’s health, are best suited to help women determine which type of procedure—vaginal, abdominal, or laparoscopic—will result in the most positive outcome.

Here are the key publications and resources for ob-gyns, other women’s health care providers, and patients from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and other sources.

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Technology Assessment: Single-Incision Laparoscopy (members only)

“Single-Incision Laparoscopy,” issued by ACOG in August 2013 (reaffirmed 2015), examines research into the safety and feasibility of single-incision surgery compared with traditional laparoscopy. It finds no distinct clinical advantage for single-incision laparoscopy or a robot-assisted single-site platform.

Committee Opinion: Choosing the Route of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease

“Choosing the Route of Hysterectomy for Benign Disease,” issued by ACOG in November 2009 (reaffirmed 2011), reviews medical evidence to compare different approaches to hysterectomy for noncancerous reasons—vaginal, abdominal, and laparoscopic—and finds that vaginal hysterectomy is associated with better outcomes and fewer complications.

Practice Bulletin: Alternatives to Hysterectomy in the Management of Leiomyomas (members only)

“Alternatives to Hysterectomy in the Management of Leiomyomas,” issued by ACOG in August 2008 (reaffirmed 2016), reviews the literature about medical and surgical alternatives to hysterectomy for leiomyomas (also called fibroids) and offers evidence-based treatment recommendations.

Special Report: Power Morcellation and Occult Malignancy in Gynecologic Surgery

“Power Morcellation and Occult Malignancy in Gynecologic Surgery,” issued by ACOG in May 2014, presents the findings and recommendations of a task force of ob-gyns representing key areas of expertise, including laparoscopic surgery, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology. The task force reviewed and analyzed available scientific evidence on power morcellation and occult malignancy in gynecologic surgery.


Resources for Women and Patients

Patient FAQ: Hysterectomy

“Hysterectomy,” issued by ACOG in March 2015, is a list of questions and answers aimed at patients who want to know more about hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. It explains types of procedures, reasons for hysterectomy, potential risks, and what to expect afterward, including physically, emotionally, and sexually. It also includes a brief glossary of terms.


The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality women’s health care, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care.

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