Sims-type hysterotome, Paris, France, 1867-1900
The hysterotome or metrotome is used to amputate the cervix during a hysterectomy. This was a treatment for chronic inflammation and prolapse of the uterus. This type of hysterotome was invented by James Marion Sims (1813-1883), an American gynaecologist.
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An instrument for cutting or scarifying the uterus or the neck of the uterus, especially the cervix
The falling down or sinking, of a part. To fall out of place.
The inability to control the passage of urine or faeces.
Removal of part of, or a whole limb by surgery. Used to control pain or the spread of disease in the affected limb.
The hollow reproductive organ in female mammals. The uterus is where the foetus develops after conception. The word 'womb' is often used among non-medical people to refer to the same area.
The body’s response to injury. An inflammation is marked by redness, heat, pain, swelling, and often loss of function. The process leads to the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue.
A branch of medicine dealing with the treatment of disorders affecting the female reproductive system.
Neck of the uterus, projecting downwards into the vagina.