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Surgery for early cervical cancer

Find out about the different operations you may have if you have cancer of the neck of the womb (cervix).

Types of surgery

If you have surgery for early cervical cancer you will usually need to have a hysterectomy. This can also be done by keyhole surgery. For a small number of women, there may be a choice of operation.

For some early cervical cancers, it is possible to remove most of the cervix, but leave enough behind so that you may be able to become pregnant and have a baby afterwards. This is called a radical trachelectomy.

Possible risks

Your doctors will make sure the benefits of having any surgery outweigh these possible risks.

Follow up

At your first follow up appointment, your doctor:

  • gives you the results of the surgery
  • examines you
  • asks how you are and if you've had any problems  

This is also your opportunity to ask any questions. Write down any questions you have before your appointment to help you remember what to ask. Taking someone with you can also help you to remember what the doctor says.

How often you have follow up appointments depends on the results of your surgery. Ask your doctor how often you need to have check ups and what they will involve.

You will have a follow up appointment after your surgery. Your check ups will continue for some years after your treatment. At first they will be every few months. But if all is well, they will gradually become less and less frequent. 

Last reviewed: 
02 Jun 2014
  • Cervical Cancer: Contemporary Management
    S Rajaram, K Chitrathara and A Maheshwari
    Jaypee Brothers Publishers, 15 Dec 2012
    ISBN 9789350256749

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