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).

What is a 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).

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:  

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Paying for your treatment

We welcome both self-paying and insured patients.

Self-pay packages

If you wish to self-pay for your treatment, we offer a range of package options, including:

  • Hospital packages that group standard diagnostics and the procedure into one clear price. Consultant fees, anaesthetist fees, and any other addition to your treatment are billed separately.
  • Fixed price packages that group everything you may need for treatment into one clear price, including pre-admission tests, the procedure, professional fees, post-op outpatient care, and any other consultant-recommended services.

If you would like to enquire about a self-pay package, please call our dedicated team on +44 (0)20 7244 4886.

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 £10,835 (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 two nights if needed  
  • all meals  
  • nursing 
  • ward medications and dressings 
  • theatre procedure and anaesthetics 
  • standard histology tests (analysis of diseased tissue)  
  • 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
  • pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG and chest X-ray), if required
  • recovery and accommodation which includes a stay in a private en-suite room
  • ward medications, dressings, and ward nursing consumables
  • theatre procedure, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables
  • theatre prosthesis
  • pathology 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 pertaining to the procedure within the day case

Inclusions listed above are non-refundable if not required.

Excluded from the package price:

  • take-out supplies
  • companion beds and catering for relatives and 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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