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Surgery

Surgery is one of the main treatments for cervical cancer.

Surgery to remove the cervix (radical trachelectomy)

A radical trachelectomy is an operation to remove most of the cervix and the upper part of the vagina.

Surgery to remove the womb (radical hysterectomy)

Find out how you have surgery to remove the womb for cervical cancer.

Preparing for surgery

Before surgery for cervical cancer, you have tests to check your fitness and you meet members of your treatment team.

On the day

You have a general anaesthetic so you can't feel anything during the operation. This sends you into a deep sleep. 

After surgery

You have a few different tubes in place when you wake up. You usually go home after 2 to 4 days.

Problems after surgery

Possible problems after surgery include infection, bleeding, blood clots, swollen legs or bladder and bowel problems.

Last reviewed: 
25 Mar 2020
Next review due: 
25 Mar 2023

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