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Doctor insights on: Radical Hysterectomy Vs Total Hysterectomy

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What is a sub total hysterectomy?

What is a sub total hysterectomy?

In a subtotal: Hysterectomy the uterus is removed but the cervix and supporting tissues are left intact. ...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


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Anyone know what is a total hysterectomy?

Anyone know what is a total hysterectomy?

Removing uterus: Total hysterectomy refers to taking the uterus with the cervix. If you leave the cervix behind it is a sub-total hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Why might one require a total hysterectomy?

Why might one require a total hysterectomy?

Misnomer: "Total hysterectomy" in the past used to mean ovaries and uterus. Typically, a strong family history of personal history of estrogen dependent cancers would be a reason to take out uterus/tubes/ovaries. Total hysterectomy now typically means uterus. Some women have hysterectomies because of pain, bleeding and fibroids, and pre-cancer or cancerous lesions. ...Read more

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Is it true that women gain weight after a total hysterectomy?

Is it true that women gain weight after a total hysterectomy?

Weight gain: Some do some don't. If we can chat I can give YOU a better prediction after talking. ...Read more

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Please tell me what should I expect after a total hysterectomy?

No menses: Total abdominal hysterectomy means removal of the body of the uterus and the neck of the uterus while the ovaries remain in place. If you experience hot flashes after the surgery they will get better after about 6 to 8 weeks. You will not have any menstrual periods ever, you will not be able to become pregnant again, and you will not get endometrial cancer nor cervical cancer. You may gain weight ...Read more

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What is the difference between a partial and total hysterectomy?

What is the difference between a partial and total hysterectomy?

Partial vs Total: A partial hysterectomy typically refers to removal of the uterus and cervix only. A total hysterectomy typically refers to removal of uterus, cervix and ovaries. However, that being said, there are now many hysterectomies where the cervix is being left. This is referred to as a supracervical hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What are some risks associated with a total hysterectomy?

Many: Besides the risks of anesthesia... Bleeding, blood transfusion and its risks, infection, bowel injury, urinary tract injury, major vessel injury, thromboembolism, incision herniation, nerve injury and death. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when will I want sex again after total hysterectomy?

Can you tell me when will I want sex again after total hysterectomy?

Varies: You could feel ready for sexual relations within a few days after your surgery — however most physicians are going to advise against having sex that includes vaginal penetration for up to 4 or 8 weeks. Non penetration sexual activity is likely to be ok whenever you feel inclined ...Read more

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Does sex feel different for a guy will a woman who's had a total hysterectomy?

Does sex feel different for a guy will a woman who's had a total hysterectomy?

Maybe: He might notice that he doesn't feel the cervix at the end of your vagina. Otherwise, no difference. ...Read more

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Help please! I don't know when will I want sex again after total hysterectomy?

Help please! I don't know when will I want sex again after total hysterectomy?

6 to 8 weeks: The typical recovery from a robotic assisted hysterectomy ranges from a few days to a few weeks. A woman should be prepared to take 4 to 6 weeks to recover from a major surgery, but should also expect that the recovery could be much quicker than that. Most women are instructed to abstain from sex for 6 to 8 weeks after their robotic hysterectomy — your doctor will give specific instructions. ...Read more

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What is the minimum amount of time needed off work after a total hysterectomy?

Technique: That depends on the technique used (open vs laparoscopic vs robotic. It also depends on the weight, fitness, age and health status of the patient. It also depends on the type of job the patient has. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 34 and just had a total hysterectomy how long after can I swim?

What to do if I'm 34 and just had a total hysterectomy how long after can I swim?

Six weeks: I recommend 6 weeks as long as there were no complications. ...Read more

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Is it normal that after 10 months of a total hysterectomy is still feel heaviness?

Is it normal that after 10 months of a total hysterectomy is still feel heaviness?

Missing organ: It is not uncommon for patients who have limbs or organs removed to still feel that they at present. It is called the missing organ syndrome. Have your GYN MD re-examine you to be certain that there are no other identifiable medical complications. ...Read more

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On tuesday, I am having a total hysterectomy. What can I expect, and approx. Time for this procedure?

On tuesday, I am having a total hysterectomy.  What can I expect, and approx. Time for this procedure?

Well...: Type of hyster... Abdominal, laproscopic, vaginal (yes they can be total). So. 45minutes to 2+ hours is an average guess. ...Read more

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Left side pain after total hysterectomy?

Many possible: Causes including bowel issues such as constipation or pain from the incision or ovary issue for instance. Get an exam with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a total hysterectomy?

Menopause: If by total hysterectomy you mean that the ovaries were removed along with the uterus (which is the usual lay understanding of the term although not the medical definition) then the effect is immediate menopause. Expect hot flashes, mood swings, and possibly insomnia, with vaginal dryness as a delayed effect. ...Read more

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Bleeding two weeks after total hysterectomy. Normal?

Probably: It can take 3 or 4 weeks to heal completely from the hysterectomy. Spotting or light bleeding may be normal, nut if you are worried you should see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I had a total hysterectomy. Do I still have a cervex?

I had a total hysterectomy. Do I still have a cervex?

Terminology: Hysterectomy is removal of the uterus and the cervix generally. On rare occasions an obgyn cannot remove the lowest part of the uterus and performs a supracervical hysterectomy. If the ovaries and tubes are removed abdominally along with the uterus, the procedure is called a tahbso (total abdominal hysterectomy bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy). ...Read more

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How long does a surgery last for a total hysterectomy?

How long does a surgery last for a total hysterectomy?

Depends: Vaginal hysterectomies take about 1/2 an hour. Laparoscopic hysterectomies typically last about an hour and a 1/2. If there is any distortion in the anatomy like scar tissue it can take much longer. ...Read more

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How long will menopause last after total hysterectomy?

How long will menopause last after total hysterectomy?

U mean hot flashes?: Hot flashes can last a few months up to many yrs everyone is different there are many vits and herbs u can try or script meds that work very well, you will be in menopause until u die. ...Read more

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Left side pain after total hysterectomy. Is this normal?

Left side pain after total hysterectomy. Is this normal?

Hard to say: Left sided pain can be from many causes. In that location is the lower bowel that can be a source of pain no matter if there was a hysterectomy or not. Also, ovarian issues, musculoskeletal, nerve issues and scar tissue can all cause pain there. Having a thorough evaluation by a gynecologist will help determine cause and best options for relief. ...Read more

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How common is a cuff dehiscence after a total hysterectomy?

Depends...: It depends on how the hysterectomy was done. In one large series the dehiscense rate was as follows: Total Laparoscopic hyst = 0.64%; Abdominal Hyst = 0.2%; and Vaginal Hyst = .13%. You can see that the incidence is low for all types of hysterecomy but is highest after a Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy. The Da Vinci Robot is often used to perform total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Best wishes ...Read more

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Approximately how long does a total hysterectomy surgery last?

45 min to 2 hours: Of course, there are too many variables to answer accurately, and the patient shouldn't worry because they will be asleep the whole time! The time depends on the type of hysterectomy (abdominal, laparoscopic, or robotic), the size of the uterus, and any scarring or adhesions in the abdomen (often not know until the procedure is started). ...Read more

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How are eggs retreived from a woman who had a total hysterectomy?

Just the same: A hysterectomy does not make retrieving a woman's eggs more difficult. A needle is inserted through the top of the vagina, while watching with ultrasound, and into a woman's ovaries, and the eggs retrieved through the hollow needle. (amazing, isn't it?!). ...Read more

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Is an annual gynecology exam necessary after a total hysterectomy?

Is an annual gynecology exam necessary after a total hysterectomy?

Yes!: Absolutely! Please continue seeing your gynecologist annually even after having a hysterectomy. At this visit, your physician will discuss your overall health and well-being. Also, since you are now surgically post-menopausal, your doctor will help you prevent problems such as osteoporosis. Importantly, you will still benefit from a regular pelvic and breast exam. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have spotting after a total hysterectomy years ago?

No: It is not normal to have spotting after a hysterectomy if your cervix was removed. Please seek evaluation by a provider. ...Read more