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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! ...Read more

Dr. Benjamin Schwartz
215 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of getting a partial hysterectomy?

What are the benefits of getting a partial hysterectomy?

Natural menopause.: Leaving the ovaries is often referred to as a partial hysterectomy. If your ovaries are removed then you will be post menopausal immediately and could have symptoms. If you already have menopause symptoms, have a FH of ovarian cancer or certain other problems then I would consider removing your ovaries. Discuss pros and cons with your doctor. Either way have tubes removed to reduce your risk. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What would be a reason that you have to get a partial hysterectomy?

What would be a reason that you have to get a partial hysterectomy?

Many.: Heavy bleeding, pain, endometriosis, fibroids, prolapse among many others. Hysterectomy is usually considered when more conservative measures do not help. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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With a partial hysterectomy how can I know when I go into menopause?

With a partial hysterectomy how can I know when I go into menopause?

Hot flashes: You mean by "partial" that you still have your ovaries, which will keep working until menopause. You may experience hot flashes or sweating--when everybody else is comfortable, or vaginal dryness. You may experience nothing! There is blood work, but that is more academic--your symptoms will be the main clue--and if you have do symptoms then just go with the flow. ...Read more

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Can you get both a facelift and a partial hysterectomy at the same time?

Why?: You probably can, but why? Best not to combine elective surgery with medically necessary surgery. What if the rare circumstance arises where 1 complicates the other? If the concern is the downtime or 2nd anesthesia, then I'm not sure it warrents the risk of doing the 2 together. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the chances of me having prolapse after a partial hysterectomy?

Depends: If you have had vaginal deliveries, your risk is already elevated for having vaginal prolapse symptoms. A hysterectomy could potentially increase your risk unless the surgeon is very careful to re-support the vagina to the utero-sacral ligaments. If you already have some degree of prolapse it can be repaired at the time of your hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What could cause a persistant headache following a partial hysterectomy?

What could cause a persistant headache following a partial hysterectomy?

Anemia: That may be the main cause. However, if the procedure was done with a spinal or if you received spinal duramorh for pain control you may have a spinal headache. This well respond to caffeine or you may need a blood patch. ...Read more

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What can cause pain and pinkish discharge 3 yrs after partial hysterectomy?

What can cause pain and pinkish discharge 3 yrs after partial hysterectomy?

Granulation tissue: Vaginal cuff (the area where the vagina was closed after hysterectomy) granulation tissue, or erosion or abrasions of this site can cause the problem. Have a gyn md examine this area and sometimes this can be identified and treated with a siver nitrate stick applied to the area to help it heal. ...Read more

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Will I still go through menopause even after having a partial hysterectomy?

Will I still go through menopause even after having a partial hysterectomy?

Yes, eventually: A partial hysterectomy removes the uterus, but leaves the woman's ovaries intact. Since the ovaries still make estrogen, the woman will still experience monthly hormonal changes, but no visible menstrual periods. Eventually, at a later time, when the ovaries stop working, then this is considered menopause. Symptoms would include mood changes, sleep disturbance, hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue.. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a facelift and a partial hysterectomy at the same time?

Is it possible to get a facelift and a partial hysterectomy at the same time?

Facelift: Possibly if you can find two surgeons willing to do them on the same day. Be sure to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Why do doctors sometimes do a partial hysterectomy instead of a complete one?

Ovaries: Partial hysterectomy commonly means the ovaries are left in place. There are a variety of functions the ovaries provide for health protection because of the hormones they make naturally. Ovaries are usually left during hysterectomy in women under 40, variable between 40-50. There are studies that show reduction in health when ovaries are removed in women over 50 as well. ...Read more

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It's been 10 weeks since I had a partial hysterectomy, and I'm spotting is that normal?

NO: Please consult with your GYN- bleeding should have resolved by now, unless you are experiencing abnormal female hormonal fluctuations. ...Read more

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Left side pain after 2years of partial hysterectomy and CS. Mostly after going to the toilet?

Left side pain after 2years of partial hysterectomy and CS. Mostly after going to the toilet?

See your GYN MD: You need to be evaluated by your GYN MD as adhesions of the bowel can cause pain as well as other intestinal or muscle issue. Your MD can differentiate the cause (s) via exam and testing if needed. ...Read more

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I had an partial hysterectomy and I have had 2 miscarriages in the last month. How is this possible?

It is not possible: Once the uterus is removed, pregnancy is not possible. And 2 miscarriages in the same month is not possible. There are some conditions that give a positive pregnancy even when there is no pregnancy, such as germ cell tumors of ovary or phantom HCG syndrome. If you have a positive pregnancy test and no uterus, you need to see a gynecologic oncologist. ...Read more

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I have undergone partial hysterectomy before four years. Now I am having odourlesss colourless fluid discharge. Is there any problem for me?

I have undergone partial hysterectomy before four years. Now I am having odourlesss colourless fluid discharge. Is there any problem for me?

Unlikely: A discharge that is odorless and colorless and doesn't cause any irritation is most likely simply secretions from the vaginal glands. Most infectious discharges would have those other characteristics ...Read more

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I have to have endromietrial biopsy before a partial hysterectomy in sept. I'm 42year old no kids. Can you tell me honestly how much pain to expect?

Honestly?: And realistically: imagine the hardest menstrual cramps you've ever had, lasting for a few seconds (3-5 seconds) - and it won't be that bad. ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell when menopause is over after a partial hysterectomy 18 years ago? I started the symptoms 17 years ago and most are gone now

Is it possible to tell when menopause is over after a partial hysterectomy 18 years ago? I started the symptoms 17 years ago and most are gone now

Menopause symptoms: Studies show that menopausal symptoms resolved after a years. However, some report continued symptoms well into their 70's and beyond. I would see your family physician or gynecologist and discuss your specific symptoms and see what he/she can offer you. Menopause symptoms overlap with other disorders as well. ...Read more

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Cysts on ovaries after have a partial hysterectomy?

Cysts on ovaries after have a partial hysterectomy?

Ovarian cysts: Ovarian cysts can occur after hysterectomy if the ovaries are left in place as they can still ovulate and develop pathology. ...Read more

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Can you get IVF with partial hysterectomy?

This option: If partial hysterectomy means uterus removed/ovaries left in, you could recover your eggs with IVF and the embryos could be transferred to another woman's uterus to carry. That would be the only option. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more