Female posterior exenteration - image description

The diagram shows a cross section of the pelvic organs in a woman. The pelvis is the area between the hipbones. The woman is facing to the left. At the front of the pelvis on the left of the diagram are the bladder and the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside). In the middle of the diagram and behind the bladder is the womb, the cervix (the neck of the womb) and the vagina, which runs from the womb to the outside of the body. Above the womb there is a fallopian tube attached to an ovary. Because the diagram is a cross-section, only one ovary and fallopian tube can be seen, but there are two ovaries and fallopian tubes in the pelvis. On the right of the diagram at the back of the pelvis is the rectum. The lower part of the rectum joins to the anus (back passage). The upper part of the rectum joins to the first part of the colon. There is a shaded area covering the womb, cervix, fallopian tube, ovary, vagina, anus, rectum and a small section of the colon. This shaded area shows the organs that are to be removed, which includes both ovaries.