Mayo Clinic's approach

  • Expertise. Mayo Clinic experts are leaders in the use of the latest techniques in hysterectomy surgery. Whenever possible, your surgeon will choose a minimally invasive approach. This means that the surgery is done through an incision in the vagina or through small cuts in the lower abdomen. When a hysterectomy is performed completely through the vagina, this is called a total vaginal hysterectomy. When a hysterectomy is performed through small cuts in the lower abdomen, this is known as laparoscopic or robotic surgery.
  • Experience. Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeons perform more than 3,400 hysterectomy operations every year, including robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomies.
  • Team approach. Medical teams include gynecologic surgeons and other specialists, as needed, who work together to figure out the best treatments for you.
  • Research. Mayo Clinic gynecologic surgeons are leaders in research on nonsurgical choices for many conditions of the uterus. These include fibroids, endometriosis and heavy menstrual bleeding that might otherwise be treated with a hysterectomy.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, ranks among the Best Hospitals for gynecology in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

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