Hysterectomy means removing the uterus. Today there are many options to consider before having a hysterectomy and even when you have decided to have a hysterectomy, you and Dr. Schapiro will have a conversation about the pros and cons of leaving or taking your cervix out at the time of your hysterectomy. If you are not yet menopausal and have no family history of ovarian cancer, you will probably want to keep your ovaries. These are all personal decisions that Dr. Schapiro will be happy to discuss with you. Another decision will be whether you opt for a traditional hysterectomy or a minimally invasive robotic hysterectomy.