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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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Is a hysterectomy the only treatment for severe endometriosis .

Is a hysterectomy  the only treatment  for  severe endometriosis .

No: There are various medical and surgical treatments for endometriosis. Medical treatments include birth control pills, Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) and Depo-Provera lupron. Surgical treatments include laparoscopy to remove endometriosis and scar tissue. Hysterectomy may be done when other treatments have failed. ...Read more

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Had partial hysterectomy years ago. Itching after sex. Cause? Treatment?

Had partial hysterectomy years ago.  Itching after sex.  Cause?  Treatment?

Diagnosis: Poor lubrications, vaginal dryness, estrogen deficiency, lichen sclerosis, lichen simplex chronicus and infections such as yeast, trichomoniasis and herpes are common causes. The first step is a diagnosis. Then a treatment can be determined. ...Read more

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Have been experiencing pain in breasts off and on for a while. Had total hysterectomy in 2008. Age 48. Probable cause and treatment.

Have been experiencing pain in breasts off and on for a while. Had total hysterectomy in 2008. Age 48. Probable cause and treatment.

Cyclic: A few items to clarify. Often when women say total hysterectomy they mean both ovaries were taken out. Cyclical breast pain can be due to hormonal fluctuations. But one would need to have ovaries in order to have that type of cyclic breast pain otherwise pain in the breast could be due to fibercystic changes and/or ligamental stretching yeah dr. For further consultation. ...Read more

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Complex left pelvic cyst 5cm.Previous hysterectomy ovaries remain. Blood test s oestradiol 2768 pmol/l, ca125 7 iu/l.What are causes, what is treatment

Complex left pelvic cyst 5cm.Previous hysterectomy ovaries remain. Blood test s oestradiol 2768 pmol/l, ca125 7 iu/l.What are causes, what is treatment

More information: Complex cysts in postmenopausal women often need surgical removal. Very specific treatment options in individual cases need to be managed one on one with your and your doctor. There is not enough information to provide a definitive answer. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of frequent recurrent yeast infections that don't go away with ordinary treatment. I have tried diflucan, monistat, boric acid suppositories, and swallowing acidopholus tablets. It keeps coming back. I had a hysterectomy and started tak

I : I am so sorry that you are going through that. It sounds like you are doing everything right. Ask your doctor if they think that vaginal atrophy (common after hysterectomy) are contributing to your symptoms. They have probably told you to reduce sugary foods and drinks, reduce alcohol (because of sugar content), only wear cotton underwear or ideally no underwear, avoid baths or bubble baths, and to use a blow dryer (from a safe distance) after your shower. You can also ask your pharmacist for products such as vagisil (there are also other products that are similar) that can help keep the skin clean and itch-free. ...Read more

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Got hysterectomy in June 2013 as part of cancer treatment. When will menopausal symptoms like hot flashes go away?

Got hysterectomy in June 2013 as part of cancer treatment. When will menopausal symptoms like hot flashes go away?

Can't be sure: Hot/cold flashes are clearly a part of menopause, but without a clear explanation of cause it's hard to give a clear plan to when they will diminish or stop. Research continues, but no definite answer is agreed to at this time. ...Read more

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How long will there be any odor after silver nitrate treatment for granulation? Had a total hysterectomy 5 months ago due to cancer. Nervous!

How long will there be any odor after silver nitrate treatment for granulation? Had a total hysterectomy 5 months ago due to cancer. Nervous!

No odor: Silver nitrate does not produce an odor. When used with a granuloma that is not healing well the silver acts as an antiseptic and allows for faster healing of a granulomatous wound. It was originally used in Argerol as a mouth wash and has been employed at other sites to heal a raw wound. Any odor wound come from an underlying seroma in a wound and should be checked by Gyn surgeon. ...Read more

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Post menopausal. Have 9mm thickened uterine lining that biopsy said is benign. No bleeding. Is hysterectomy a radical treatment for this condition?

Yes: An incidental finding of a slightly thickened uterine lining is not a major emergency. It sounds like your doctor has carefully evaluated you and not found a problem. Unless there is more to the story that I don't know, a hysterectomy seems like a bit of an overkill--like cutting a tomato with a chain-saw when a paring knife would do. Best wishes! ...Read more