The medical terminology used to describe the removal of reproductive organs is complex and sometimes confusing. Commonly, women have their uterus removed. This is called a hysterectomy. The most common type of hysterectomy involves removing the whole uterus and the cervix and is done through an abdominal incision - this is called a total abdominal hysterectomy. Commonly, when the uterus is removed the fallopian tubes and the ovaries are often also removed, especially as you say if there is a question of cancer. Removal of the ovaries is an oophorectomy, whereas removal of the fallopian tubes is a salpingectomy. Removal of both together is a salpingoopherectomy. The most common operation, which takes out the uterus, and both fallopian tubes with ovaries is therefore a total abdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingoophorectomies. As always the management of your particular treatment plan is best done in collaboration with the doctor
who will be performing the surgery
. Setting up a visit with this doctor to go through all of your questions prior to the operation is highly recommended.