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Hysterectomy, or womb removal surgery, is a procedure aimed at improving your quality of life, whether due to pain, heavy bleeding, or other health conditions. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, our skilled gynaecological team is dedicated to guiding you through this significant step with compassion and expertise.

Also known as: uterine removal, total or partial hysterectomy

from £5,450*

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Everything You Need to Know

The uterus is a key part of the female reproductive system, involved in menstrual cycles and pregnancy. Conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, or cancer may lead to the decision for a hysterectomy. This decision is made with careful consideration of your health, future plans, and the impact on your life.

Our specialists are committed to providing clear, supportive advice and care throughout your journey. We offer various types of hysterectomy procedures, tailored to meet your specific health requirements, ensuring the best possible outcomes. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we understand the concerns and emotions that come with deciding on a hysterectomy. Our team is here to offer reassurance, detailed information about your options, and a path towards relief and recovery.

Before Surgery

Your journey towards recovery begins with a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced gynaecologists. During this initial visit, we’ll review your medical history, discuss the reasons for the hysterectomy, and explore the most suitable surgical options for you. Depending on your condition, health, and future plans, this might include a total or partial hysterectomy.

Preparing for your surgery involves adhering to specific instructions provided by your gynaecologist. These may include dietary adjustments, medication management, or pre-operative tests and assessments to ensure you’re fully ready for the procedure. Our dedicated team will ensure you’re thoroughly informed and comfortable with your treatment plan at every stage.

During Surgery

Undergoing a hysterectomy at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is a process we strive to make as comfortable and reassuring as possible. Our state-of-the-art facilities and compassionate team ensure that you’re in good hands from the moment you arrive.

Arrival and Preparation

Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted by our caring staff who will guide you through the final preparation steps. This includes a review of your medical history and ensuring you’re ready for the procedure. You’ll then be taken to a surgery suite, equipped with advanced technology, where you’ll meet the surgical team.


Hysterectomies are performed under general anaesthesia, ensuring you are asleep and pain-free throughout the procedure. Our experienced anaesthetists will look after you, ensuring your comfort and safety at all times.

The Surgical Process

The specific technique used for your hysterectomy will depend on your individual case and the surgeon’s recommendation. Our gynaecologists use precise, minimally invasive techniques (including laparoscopic) whenever possible, aiming for the best outcomes with the least impact on your body. Open abdominal procedures are occasionally indicated and your surgeon will advise you accordingly.

After Surgery

Recovery and care following a hysterectomy at St John & Elizabeth Hospital are personalised to ensure your comfort and the best healing outcome. Here’s what you can expect:

Immediate Post-Procedure Care

Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions tailored to the surgical approach taken and your personal health needs. This will include wound care, signs to watch for regarding potential complications, and any necessary medication prescriptions.

Recovery at Home

The recovery period can vary depending on the extent of your surgery and your overall health. Most patients need to rest and avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. We will provide guidance on gradually resuming your normal activities.

Follow-Up Visits

We’ll schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery, discuss any concerns, and remove stitches if they are used. These visits are crucial for ensuring your healing is progressing well and to discuss any further steps or treatments you may need.

Ongoing Support and Advice

Our commitment to your care continues well beyond the surgery. We’re here to offer ongoing support, answer your questions, and address any concerns during your recovery. Additionally, we can provide guidance on adjusting to life after hysterectomy, including hormonal management if your ovaries were removed.

Medically reviewed by Mr Demetrios Economides - MD FRCOG on 03/05/2024

Hospital Fee Guaranteed

from £5,450*

The price shown includes all costs associated with your treatment, from admission to discharge. Doesn’t include surgeon or anaesthetist fee. Our hospital fee is guaranteed at the price quoted and valid for one month from the date issued, subject to pre-assessment.

How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.



Your initial consultation with our gynaecologists involves a thorough discussion about your condition, an examination, and a review of your medical history and concerns.


Pre-Op Assessment

To comprehensively understand your health status, we may conduct additional tests or evaluations. Our team offers full support and ensures you are well-informed and comfortable throughout this process.


Treatment Plan

After diagnostics, we will discuss your surgical options, from the type of hysterectomy to the surgical approach that best suits your needs. Our aim is to provide all the necessary information for you to make an informed decision about your care.


Preparation Guidance

Once your treatment plan is established, we will advise you on how to prepare for surgery, including any adjustments to your medication or special instructions to follow, ensuring you are fully prepared for your procedure.

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