A hysterectomy is a surgery used to remove a woman’s uterus. Your mother’s doctor prescribed a radical hysterectomy, a procedure in which the woman’s cervix, ovaries, and fallopian tubes are removed in addition to her uterus.
Doctors often suggest removing the woman’s ovaries during a hysterectomy in order to prevent her from developing ovarian cancer in the future. Removing the ovaries can help reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, but it can increase the risk of heart disease and even death.
Do I need to have my ovaries removed to prevent ovarian cancer?