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After you've had a total hysterectomy do you still need to get a yearly pap smear done?

After you've had a total hysterectomy do you still need to get a yearly pap smear done?

Depends: You only need to continue pap tests if the reason for your hysterectomy was cancer or precancerous lesions (i.e. Cin). Otherwise, if for fibroids, endometriosis, or heavy bleeding, you will no longer need pap tests if your cervix was removed with your uterus. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Pap Smear (Definition)

A pap smear (cervical smear) is a text looking at the cells from the canal and outside of the cervix to see if any abnormalities (especially ...Read more


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Why does a gyn do a pap smear when a person had a total hysterectomy (cervix & ovaries also) i had one done & the results are abnormal sil?

Papsmears , hysterec: After a partial hysterectomy when the uterus is removed ; the neck of the uterus (cervix) remains u will need to continue pap smears. After a total hysterectomy when both the uterus and cervix are removed for a cancerous or precancerous condition, regular pap smears remain important. U can stop having pap smears, after a total hysterectomy for non cancerous condition. If u have lgsil, follow up. ...Read more

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Will I still need a pap smear after complete hysterectomy?

Not if no cervix.: sometimes when they do a hysterectomy, they will remove all internal organs, but leave the cervix. If you still have a cervix, then you will need a pap. find out from your surgeon if you still have a cervix. ...Read more

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I had hysterectomy done. Do I still need a pap smear done yearly?

No: A pap test looks for cervical cancer. If you had a full hysterectomy, it means you don't have a cervix and therefore can't get cervical cancer and you don't need a pap test. You will however need a pelvic exam, becuase that checks our pelvis and ovaries, which you will still have after a hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Is hysterectomy the best solution if someone aged 44 finds a few glandular cells with nuclear atypia in the pap smear report?

Is hysterectomy the best solution if someone  aged 44 finds a few glandular cells with nuclear atypia in the pap smear report?

2nd opinion: I think it can be followed prospectively. Hysterectomy is really only recommended if there is cervical neoplasia in situ. ...Read more

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Diagnosed w/ HPV 28 yrs ago & treated for genital warts, had complete hysterectomy in 2005 but abnormal Pap smears in 2009 should I have pap smear?

Diagnosed w/ HPV 28 yrs ago & treated for genital warts, had complete hysterectomy in 2005 but 
abnormal  Pap smears in 2009 should I have pap smear?

CONFUSING INFO: There are many strains of HPV and the 2 most seen in genital warts are not the same as those associated with cancer.If you had a standard hysterectomy,they may have left a cuff of cervix behind.Cervical tissue is what is assessed by a standard pap. If you had an abnormal pap in 20098,you are overdue for a followup study. You should have a sit down with your doc and sort out what your risks are ...Read more

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I read it's not the norm to have a pap done after total hysterectomy all is out. I have abnorm result (sil). Why are there differences of opinions?

I read it's not the norm to have a pap done after total hysterectomy all is out. I have abnorm result (sil). Why are there differences of opinions?

HPV : In your case the pap was warranted since you had an abnormal. Hpv can still effect the vagina. The next step is an evaluation of the vagina with a microscope called a colposcopy. The doctor will look for hpv affected areas and biopsy if needed. ...Read more

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Even though i've had a complete total hysterectomy is it possible to have cancer with an abnormal pap (sil)?

Even though i've had a complete total hysterectomy is it possible to have cancer with an abnormal pap (sil)?

Yes: You can have dysplasia of the vaginal cuff. In most hysterectomies the cervix is removed, despite this dysplasia can develop at the vaginal cuff. This left untreated could lead to cancer. ...Read more

Cervical Smear (Definition)

A cervical smear or pap smear is a text looking at cells from the outside and canal of the cervi to see if ...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