Hysterectomy Law and Legal Definition

A hysterectomy is a surgical removal of the uterus, so that the woman is no longer able to become pregnant.

During a hysterectomy, the uterus may be completely or partially removed. The fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed. A partial (or supracervical) hysterectomy is removal of just the upper portion of the uterus, leaving the cervix intact. A total hysterectomy is removal of the entire uterus and the cervix. A radical hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, the tissue on both sides of the cervix (parametrium), and the upper part of the vagina. A hysterectomy may be performed through an abdominal incision, a vaginal incision , or through laparoscopic incisions.