Hysterectomy is the surgery to remove a woman’s uterus. You may need a hysterectomy for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Uterine fibroids causing pain, bleeding, or other problems
  • Uterine prolapse (the uterus slides from its normal position into the vaginal canal)
  • Cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Adenomyosis, or thickening of the uterus

Your doctor will typically recommend you have a hysterectomy only after other treatment options have been unsuccessful.

Types of Hysterectomy

At Cheyenne Women’s Clinic, our board-certified physicians perform all types of hysterectomy. The method your doctor chooses for you depends on your specific situation.

Abdominal Hysterectomy

In this procedure, which is major surgery that takes place in a hospital, your doctor makes an incision in your abdomen and removes the uterus from there. This approach is usually reserved for a very large uterus or when your doctor suspects you may have cancer.

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

In this procedure, which takes place at a hospital or surgery center, your doctor operates using a laparoscope, which is an operating microscope used to view inside your abdomen through very small abdominal incisions. Your doctor performs the surgery by looking through the operating microscope and then removing your uterus vaginally.

Advantages of the laparoscopic hysterectomy include:

  • Less incidence of urinary incontinence
  • Shorter hospital stays – may even be done as an outpatient procedure
  • Reduced pain and blood loss
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Less scarring

Vaginal Hysterectomy

Most of the hysterectomies done by Cheyenne Women’s Clinic are performed vaginally. This is the least invasive way to perform surgery with the quickest recovery time of any hysterectomy. You can often return to work and normal activities within only a few weeks. It is performed in either the hospital or a surgical center and often requires only a 24-hour stay. With a vaginal hysterectomy, your doctor doesn’t need to make any external incisions and performs the entire surgery through an incision made vaginally. Through a vaginal hysterectomy, your doctor can remove both the uterus and the tubes and ovaries as necessary.


If you are a candidate for a hysterectomy, know that at Cheyenne Women’s Clinic, we want to make sure you are fully informed about all your options. If you’re not, make an appointment to talk to one of our doctors today.


Cheyenne Women’s Clinic
3952 Parkview Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82001

We are located at the corner of Parkview and College,
one block south of Dell Range.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 8-5 | Fri 8-3
Phone: 307-637-7700

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