We reviewed 25 cases of gestational trophoblastic tumours referred for surgical management from Charing Cross Hospital (the London centre for gestational trophoblastic disease [GTD]) over a 13-year period. The operation performed was total abdominal hysterectomy, with lymph node sampling in 9/25 (36%) women and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy in 11/25 (44%) women. Radical hysterectomy and unilateral parametrectomy was required in 3/25 (12%) women. Three of 25 (12%) women failed to survive, i.e. the overall rate of survival was 88%. Management by hysterectomy of primary drug-resistant and relapse cases of GTD is a useful and safe adjunct to chemotherapy.