Total abdominal hysterectomy

A total abdominal hysterectomy is an operation to remove your womb and cervix through a surgical incision in your tummy (or lower abdomen). This procedure can be used to treat a range of medical conditions, including non-cancerous tumours, endometriosis, painful periods, and cancer.    

Who is suitable for a total abdominal hysterectomy?

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

  • fibroids – non-cancerous growths of muscle and fibrous tissue in your womb 
  • endometriosis – when the cells that usually line your womb also grow outside it 
  • painful or heavy periods that have not been controlled by other treatments 
  • cancer of the womb, cervix or ovaries. 

One advantage of a total hysterectomy over a subtotal hysterectomy, which only removes the womb, is that by also removing the cervix, you take away any risk of developing cervical cancer at a later date.    

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 total abdominal hysterectomy involve? ​

A total 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 or vertically. They will then remove your womb and cervix. They may also need to remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries.  

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 recover strength afterwards. 

What is the recovery period?

A total 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 to recover fully and to 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. We offer a range of self-pay package options, including:

  • Hospital Packages: these are flexible packages that group standard diagnostics and the procedure into one clear price. Consultant and anaesthetist fees are separate, and any other addition to your treatment is billed separately.
  • Fixed Price Packages: these are comprehensive, all-inclusive packages that group everything you may need for treatment into one clear price. All of our Fixed Price Packages include pre-admission tests, procedure, professional fees, post-op outpatient care and any other consultant-recommended services as part of your treatment.

Below is an outline of both our self-pay Hospital Package and our Fixed Price Package.

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 £9,850 (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 anaesthetics 
  • Inpatient physiotherapy, if needed, and surgical stockings 
  • Post-op and discharge medication 


  • Consultant consultation fee  
  • Consultant procedure fee  
  • Anaesthetist fee 
  • Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests 
  • Any additional costs not specified in the package inclusions  

Included in the package price:

  • Consultant Surgeon and Consultant Anaesthetist procedure fees.
  • Two follow-up consultations with consultant within post-op timeframe 
  • Pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG & Chest X-ray), if required.
  • Recovery and accommodation which includes a night stay in HDU and further nights in a private en-suite room.
  • Ward medications, dressings, and nursing consumables.
  • Theatre Procedure, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables.
  • Pathology, blood products and histology, if required.
  • Standard post–op medication issued and used during the inpatient stay.
  • Inpatient physiotherapy and surgical stockings, if required.
  • Discharge medication pertaining to the condition being treated by this package.
  • All patient meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Post- op x-rays and physiotherapy pertaining to the procedure within 6 weeks.
  • Return to theatres within 6 weeks of the procedure date due to complication.

Excluded from the package price:

  • Take out supplies.
  • Companion beds and catering for relatives / visitors.
  • Personal expenses – telephone calls, additional catering, ambulances, etc…

If additional night’s stay, diagnostics, or other services are requested from your consultant you will not be charged in addition for these as these are included within the fixed price package.

Consultants offering this package:

Miss Rachel Lyons, Consultant Gynaecologist

When enquiring about this package please quote Q0740.

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