Some women with prolapse require a hysterectomy as part of their prolapse surgery. Usually this is only required if there is a moderate or marked prolapse of the uterus and can be done simply through the vagina. Alternatively, a hysterectomy can be performed by laparoscopic or robotic surgery (“key-hole” surgery) or through an incision in the lower abdomen.

The ovaries are not usually removed during hysterectomy for prolapse unless there is a specific reason (e.g. family history of ovarian cancer).

Dr Carey will be happy to answer any questions you may have and can give more specific advice. Before deciding to have surgery, you should read carefully all the information about your operation and consider obtaining a second opinion.

If you experience complications after you leave hospital, contact Dr Carey or the nursing staff on 1 West at the Epworth Freemasons Hospital for advice. In an emergency you may attend the Royal Women’s Hospital, Parkville or Epworth Hospital, Richmond emergency department or attend your closest hospital emergency department.