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how is vaginal hysterectomy healing faster?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Less invasive: An advantage of vaginal hysterectomy is the lack of a large abdominal incision. Without that incision, there is usually less post-operative pain, so patients may return to regular activities more quickly and comfortably.
Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
No incisions: All hysterectomies have a vaginal incision, in vaginal hysterectomy this is the only incision. Other hsyterectomies also expose the abdominal cavity to gas or air that has more of an effect on your bowels (intestines) and slows recovery.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Shorter recovery: A vaginal hysterectomy has only an incision at the top of the vagina. That incision is usually almost completely pain free - whereas an abdominal incision typically requires several weeks to heal to the point of relative painless activity. This allows for quicker easier recovery from the vaginal surgery and the impression of quicker healing.

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How can I raise my chances to have a vaginal birth?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
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Good Nutrition: Good nutrition with appropriate weight gain is critical to having a normal size infant. Do the appropriate testing for things like gestational diabetes at the right time. Avoid early elective inductions of labor. Have a good line of communication with your care giver and know their philosophy of labor and delivery.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I have an increase in vaginal discharge. Should I be concerned?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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It depends: Vaginal discharge will change throughout the menstrual cycle and can be a normal sign of the hormonal changes of pregnancy. On the other hand, vaginal odor can be a sign of bacterial vaginosis. Vaginal itching can be a sign of a yeast infection. Sometimes vaginal discharge can be a sign of a sexual transmitted infection. It is a good idea to get checked out.
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What can cause vaginal bleeding?

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Pediatrics 34 years experience
Mother's hormones: When babies are first born, they have been growing in the presence of their mother's female hormones. After birth, the withdrawal of these hormones may cause a little bit of vaginal spotting for a few days, which is entirely normal.
A 65-year-old female asked:

One of the answers for rectocele treatment included the words vaginal pessary . What is this?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Supportive ring: Rectocele occurs when pelvic floor muscle lose support; rectum, usually uterus, maybe bladder sag. Pessary is a ring inserted into vagina to help keep things up and perky (kind of like a vaginal truss). This helps keep the rectum straight (as name implies), and lets it do its job of evacuating stool out, not bulge into vaginal vault.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the diffrence between a tight and loose vagina?

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Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Muscle Tone: The "tightness" of the vagina refers to the muscle tone of the surrounding walls. Things can stretch these muscles out, such as vaginal child-birth. Other things can tighten the walls, such as kegel exercises.

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