My sister had a partial hysterectomy done a few months ago for chronic uterine fibroids. She says that it was the best decision she ever made.
Before the surgery, she suffered for years with swelling and pain. She had fibroids removed surgically, but they kept coming back and increased in number and size. During the last few months before her surgery, she was looking pregnant because her abdomen was so swollen from the fibroids.
She is such a happy woman now. The fibroids are gone along with a part of her uterus and she doesn't regret it one bit. Her partial hysterectomy recovery was fairly quick too.
If anyone out there is suffering from chronic uterine fibroids, seriously think about a partial hysterectomy. My sister doesn't want any more kids, but I've read that it's possible to have children after some types of partial hysterectomies. I know that many people avoid the operation because they still want children.