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What's the main difference between a total and partial hysterectomy?
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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In brief: Cervix
In brief: Cervix
A partial hysterectomy leaves the cervix.
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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Patients often confuse these terms and think a partial hysterectomy means taking out the uterus and leaving the ovaries, but that is incorrect. The term hysterectomy refers only to removing the uterus. The term oophorectomy refers to removing an ovary (ies) and salpingectomy refers to removing a fallopian tube(s).
Dr. Scott Beard
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology
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In brief: No advantage
A partial leaves the cervix and some claim this helps maintain sexual function.
This is not true, 1) there are only pain fibers in the cervix, 2) a french study randomized women b/w the two groups and found no difference. The cervix may bleed and will necessitate more frequent pap smears than if it is removed.

In brief: No advantage
A partial leaves the cervix and some claim this helps maintain sexual function.
This is not true, 1) there are only pain fibers in the cervix, 2) a french study randomized women b/w the two groups and found no difference. The cervix may bleed and will necessitate more frequent pap smears than if it is removed.
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