A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which the uterus is removed and may be done for various reasons. Women choose to have their uterus removed either because they no longer want to conceive a child, or as a treatment for chronic pain conditions, cancer or other gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease and uterine prolapse. The type of hysterectomy you may have done could vary depending on the reason for the procedure. A partial hysterectomy involves the removal of a portion of the uterus while leaving the cervix intact, while a total hysterectomy involves the uterus and cervix being removed. In some cases, a salpingo-oophorectomy is performed in conjunction with a hysterectomy to remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes as well as the uterus. Dr Lerm is able to perform all these surgeries laparoscopically and is particularly well-versed in surgical removal of gynaecological cancers.