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A hysterectomy (from Greek ὑστέρα hystera "womb" and ἐκτομία ektomia "a cutting out of") is surgery to remove the womb. This is usually done by a gynecologist. Women who undergo a hysterectomy can no longer bear children. Since the womb also produces hormones their hormone levels change. Hysterectomies are done for only a few, very specific conditions, including: