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Dr. Benjamin Schwartz
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Partial Hysterectomy (Overview)

Removes mostly the body, leaving the cervix behind. It means the birth canal, and organ of receptive intercourse is not bothered. Problem is tha it can develop cancer and needs another procedure.


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How to prepare for a partial hysterectomy?

How to prepare for a partial hysterectomy?

Good health: Sleep, eat and exercise right. Everything in moderation. Find a great surgeon. Ask questions, to better understand what to expect before, during and after surgery. Take time to recover after surgery. I recommend 2 weeks of home rest after a partial hysterectomy and then if all is well, return to usually activities as your body allows. Have a positive attitude. Use your support network to help!

Dr. Benjamin Schwartz
212 Doctors shared insights

Partial Hysterectomy (Overview)

Removes mostly the body, leaving the cervix behind. It means the birth canal, and organ of receptive intercourse is not bothered. Problem is tha it can develop cancer and needs another procedure.


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What does it mean to get a partial hysterectomy?

What does it mean to get a partial hysterectomy?

Depends: The term is not one we as medical practitioner typically use as it is ambiguous carrying more that one definition. Usually it means that the uterus will be removed but the cervix will be left behind. On occasion it may refer to the fact that the ovaries were not removed, but this is an unfortunate use of the term.

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Should I still be in pain after a partial hysterectomy?

Should I still be in pain after a partial hysterectomy?

Depends: If the surgery was within the last 3 to 4 weeks, you could still be having pain from the surgery. Your pain should be getting better with time. If it is getting worse you should see your doctor.

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What is the recovery time after a partial hysterectomy?

What is the recovery time after a partial hysterectomy?

Depends on type: The internal healing after hysterectomy, traditionally takes six weeks. However, if you have a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy, you will be up and around very quickly. You can probably go back to work when you feel like it, same for driving, usually within a couple of weeks. No heavy lifting or sex for six weeks, and you may tire easily for a couple of weeks. Abdominal surgery takes longer.

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What are the benefits of getting a partial hysterectomy?

What are the benefits of getting a partial hysterectomy?

Depends: Partial hysterectomy is a vague term. Many patients use it to mean taking out the uterus and leaving the ovaries. This has the benefit of maintaining hormones in premenopausal women. Partial hys can also mean removing the body of the uterus and leaving the cervix. In an emergency open case, like a c-section, this results in less bleeding. Other benefits are doubtful.

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Can I have a partial hysterectomy at 23 without having kids?

Can I have a partial hysterectomy at 23 without having kids?

Medical reason, yes: If there is a very good medical reason for surgery, yes, a surgeon will perform the procedure. However, most GYN surgeons tend to be conservative of reproductive structures at age 23 as it is not the preferred procedure for sterilization with so many good reversible and non reversible means of achieving the same. Reproductive cancer & pelvic abscesses top the list for this surgery at 23.

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What is the definition or description of: partial hysterectomy?

What is the definition or description of: partial hysterectomy?

Partial: Removes mostly the body, leaving the cervix behind. It means the birth canal, and organ of receptive intercourse is not bothered. Problem is tha it can develop cancer and needs another procedure.

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Is it possible to still have children after a partial hysterectomy?

Is it possible to still have children after a partial hysterectomy?

No: Unless you are referring to adopting them. The term partial hysterectomy is generally referred to as removing the uterus while leaving the ovaries behind. This does not allow you to bear children any longer.

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I am 42 years old and having a partial hysterectomy. Should I be worried?

Why are you having?: Worrying probably won't help anything. Why are you having the partial hysterectomy? Do you have confidence in your doctor? Have you gotten a second opinion? Are you otherwise healthy? Your best bet is to have this conversation with your doctor.

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I want to know what is the difference between a total and partial hysterectomy?

Language: 'total hysterectomy' has a precise medical meaning: it means removal of uterus and cervix. 'partial hysterectomy' is not a medical term, most folk mean 'removing uterus but not ovaries' when they talk about it. Obviously this doesn't match well with the first definition.

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Bleeding 20 years after partial hysterectomy?

Bleeding 20 years after partial hysterectomy?

Not normal: If you had a partial hysterectomy (uterus only removed and ovaries/tubes left in) 20 years ago and are now having vaginal bleeding, you need to have it investigated as this would not be expected to occur at this stage of life. See your usual doctor to discuss. If he/she is unable to assess, then request referral to an ob/gyn physician.

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Why am I bleeding after a partial hysterectomy?

Why am I bleeding after a partial hysterectomy?

After hysterectomy: If you had a supracervical hysterectomy it is not unusual to have mild light periods, depending on how much endometrial tissue is left behind. If your uterus and cervix were both removed, than any bleeding needs to be immediately investigated. Please contact your surgeon's office to set up an appointment.

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Do you still ovulate with a partial hysterectomy?

Do you still ovulate with a partial hysterectomy?

Ovulation: If you have ovaries and have not gone through menopause, you still ovulate.

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Do women menstruate after a partial hysterectomy?

Do women menstruate after a partial hysterectomy?

No: Once the uterus containing the endometrium in total is removed, no. However, in supra cervical hysterectomies whereby the uterus is "chopped off" from the cervix, there are cases where some of the uterus containing endometrium is left behind and cyclic menstrual bleeding still occurs. In that instance, the surgeon will get a Pathology report stating that fact, and will retrieve the cervix et al

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Does partial hysterectomy affect vaginal health?

Does partial hysterectomy affect vaginal health?

Not unless shortened: There is no impact on vaginal health unless the surgeon resects too much vagina in the process of doing the hysterectomy, if the cervix is removed. "Partial hysterectomy" can mean removing only the uterus and no cervix, or the uterus with retention of the tubes and ovaries.

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I've had a partial hysterectomy do I still ovulate?

I've had a partial hysterectomy do I still ovulate?

Probably: Menopause can occur at any age after 40. However, the average age for menopause is 50 to 52 years old. After a hysterectomy the average age for menopause is 48 to 50. You will usually continue to ovulate until menopause.

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Why would I bleeding 20 years after partial hysterectomy?

Why would I bleeding 20 years after partial hysterectomy?

Vaginal atrophy: It needs to be clarified whether or not you still have a cervix. If you still have a cervix, then you might be bleeding from the cervix. If you do not have a cervix, then vaginal bleeding is probably related to "thinning" and fragility of the vagina that comes with menopause. In either case, you must schedule a visit with an ob/gyn.

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After a partial hysterectomy can a lady achieve an orgasim?

After a partial hysterectomy can a lady achieve an orgasim?

Yes: By "partial" do you mean your still have your cervix, or do you mean the uterus was removed but the ovaries remain? It is thought that leaving the cervix intact may help, but even without it, you can still achieve orgasm. Foreplay is important, and the vulva, clitoris, and vaginal walls all play a part. Good communication is helpful. Remember the brain is your largest sex organ.

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

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