Subtotal abdominal hysterectomy

A subtotal abdominal hysterectomy is an operation to remove your womb, leaving your cervix in place. The operation involves an incision in your tummy (or lower abdomen). This procedure can be used to treat a range of medical conditions, including non-cancerous tumours, and painful or heavy periods.    

Who is suitable for a subtotal abdominal hysterectomy?

Your gynaecologist may recommend a hysterectomy as a treatment for various conditions affecting your reproductive system, usually where other treatments have not worked. These conditions include:  

  • fibroids – non-cancerous growths of muscle and fibrous tissue in your womb 
  • heavy or painful periods that have not been controlled by other treatments. 

Depending on your medical condition, you may prefer a subtotal abdominal hysterectomy (over a total hysterectomy) to keep as much of your reproductive system as possible, including your cervix. 

After a hysterectomy you’ll no longer have periods. As the procedure is irreversible, your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you, giving you plenty of time to think about what is best for you.  

What does a subtotal abdominal hysterectomy involve? ​

A subtotal abdominal hysterectomy usually takes an hour. During the operation, you will be under general anaesthetic. Your gynaecologist will make a precise incision across your lower abdomen, either horizontally along your bikini line, or vertically from your tummy button to your bikini line. They will then remove your womb, leaving your cervix in place.  

What can you do to prepare for a total hysterectomy?

Ahead of your operation, it helps to be as fit and healthy as possible. This will help you cope with the operation and build strength afterwards. 

What is the recovery period?

A subtotal abdominal hysterectomy is a major operation. You will need to be cared for in hospital for up to four nights. When you are ready to go home, your consultant or specialist nurse will let you know how to manage your recovery. You may feel pain and discomfort in your abdomen for a few days after the operation, and will probably experience some bleeding and discharge for a few weeks. Typically, it can take between six to eight weeks before you can return to your normal activities, including work. 

Self-pay package

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. Below is an outline of our self-pay hospital package which includes tests, hospital stay and procedure. Please note: it does not include consultant fees, which may vary.   

Hospital package from £7,060 (four nights) 

Indicative consultant fees from £1,200-£1,500 

  • Standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray 
  • Accommodation in a private en-suite room for up to four nights  
  • All meals  
  • Nursing 
  • Ward medications and dressings 
  • Theatre procedure and anesthetics 
  • Inpatient physiotherapy, if needed, and surgical stockings 
  • Post-op and discharge medication 
  • Consultant consultation fee  
  • Consultant procedure fee  
  • Anesthetist fee 
  • Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests 
  • Any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions  

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