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The Choice of Subtotal (leaving the Cervix) or Total (removal of Cervix) Hysterectomy

When a woman decides to have an abdominal hysterectomy (removal of the womb through the abdomen) for a benign condition, it is important for her to consider whether she should keep her cervix or to have it removed at the time of the operation. Total hysterectomy involves removal of the body and the neck (cervix) of the womb, while subtotal hysterectomy concerns with the removal of only the body of the womb, leaving the cervix behind. This leaflet will provide information that enables the right decision to be made by the woman.