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If I have had a csecton can I have a vaginal hysterectomy?

If I have had a csecton can I have a vaginal hysterectomy?

Yes: A vaginal hysterectomy is still an option, however a laparoscopic (with or without robotics) will likely be a safer route for the hysterectomy. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Vaginal Hysterectomy (Definition)

Vaginal hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and cervix through the vagina (with no visible incisions/ scars). The procedure offers faster recovery and lower risk than abdominal surgery. The ovaries and tubes can also be removed at the same time, ...Read more


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What is laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (lavh)?

What is laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (lavh)?

Common: For an lavh, the laparoscope is used to allow the surgeon to free up the uterus from inside before completing the hysterectomy vaginally. Many surgeons are now using the da vinci robot to complete the surgery completely laparoscopically. ...Read more

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What would symptoms of scar tissue be after a vaginal hysterectomy?

What would symptoms of scar tissue be after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Pain: Pain with intercourse, pain with bowel movements, etc. The diagnosis of scar tissue can only be made by re-operating and confirming it...This is usually avoided because multiple surgeries can cause more scarring, which are called adhesions. ...Read more

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What would the symptoms of scar tissue be after vaginal hysterectomy?

Pain: Scar tissue formation is very common after surgery. Sometimes, scar tissue (adhesions) will cause pain and other times will not. If you have no pain, then there is no need to do anything. However, scar tissue is less likely to form after vaginal hysterectomy than abdominal hysterectomy. Please see your doctor if you are having any issues. ...Read more

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What happens during a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy lavh?

Safe and efficient s: The laparoscope allows excellent visibility inside the abdomen for releasing the uterus (and ovaries as appropriate) before proceeding with the vaginal portion of the hysterectomy. Many studies show fewer complications with lavh compared to an abdominal hysterectomy or a vaginal hysterectomy. There is the additional benefit of inspecting the abdominal cavity before and after the hysterectomy. ...Read more

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Is there any reason to have concerns if i had sex 1 week after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Is there any reason to have concerns if i had sex 1 week after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Yes: Sex so soon after a vaginal hysterectomy might disrupt the sutures at the apex of your vagina, and it also might increase the risk of infection after surgery. Call your doctor if you have any bleeding or discharge. Wait to have sex until you've gotten clearance from your doctor - it can take up to 6 weeks to heal completely. ...Read more

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When can I take a bath after a total vaginal hysterectomy? I had it done on august 9th 2013.

Should be OK: It is safe to shower immediately after your surgery. I allow my patients to take tub baths at any time after discharge from the hospital. You should certainly be safe for bathing by now. ...Read more

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What is the age range of women who have laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (lavh) performed?

Could be any age: The nice thing about an lavh is that it can usually be performed on anyone requiring a hysterectomy - regardless of age. I have performed lavh on women up to 94 years of age. There would not be a minimum age - most women are going to recover more quickly and easily from an lavh than from an abdominal hysterectomy. One great benefit is the lower complication rate compared to abdominal or vaginal. ...Read more

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How soon can I exercise after vaginal hysterectomy? How much is too much? What are weight lifting restrictions?

How soon can I exercise after vaginal hysterectomy?  How much is too much?  What are weight lifting restrictions?

Soon: You can walk immediately but you should limit lifting to less than 15 pounds and avoid abdominal exercises for at least two weeks. ...Read more

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My job I'm required to lift 20 lbs or more plus I stand all day. is it ok to return to this 6 weeks after a vaginal hysterectomy?

My job I'm required to lift 20 lbs or more plus I stand all day. is it ok to return to this 6 weeks after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Should be okay: Six weeks is a usual amount of time for healing after a surgery like a vaginal hysterectomy. As long as you're not bleeding and not in pain and as long as you have seen your doctor for a postoperative appointment to ensure that there weren't complications, there should be no problem with heavy lifting and standing as needed for work. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vaginal hysterectomy?

What is the definition or description of: vaginal hysterectomy?

Vaginal Hysterectomy: Vaginal hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and cervix through the vagina (with no visible incisions/ scars). The procedure offers faster recovery and lower risk than abdominal surgery. The ovaries and tubes can also be removed at the same time, or left in place. ...Read more

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How is vaginal hysterectomy healing faster?

Less invasive: An advantage of vaginal hysterectomy is the lack of a large abdominal incision. Without that incision, there is usually less post-operative pain, so patients may return to regular activities more quickly and comfortably. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time for laproscopic vaginal hysterectomy?

Varies: The recovery can be as quick as a few days or as slow as a few weeks. Most women spend only a few hours or one night in the hospital after the surgery. ...Read more

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What are risks of a laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy?

Same as any surgery: The risks include bleeding, infection, damage to bowel bladder and adjacent organs, pain , postoperative bleeding, failure to cure pain, scar formation, need for additional surgery. In the case of the lavh - there would be the risk of needing open abdominal surgery as well. ...Read more

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Can you still get PID after vaginal hysterectomy?

Unlikely.: Pid is "pelvic inflammatory disease" and usually occurs when bacteria ascends from the outside of the vulva up inside the genitals and spreads into the tubes/ovaries (pelvis.) after a hysterectomy, there is no connection between the vagina and the inside/pelvis. ...Read more

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How long after a vaginal hysterectomy can I climb stairs?

When comfortable: When you feel comfortable enough to do it. No set time limit. ...Read more

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Was laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy successful in the past?

Yes: It is a neat procedure done on an outpatient basis. It is considered a minimally invasive procedure and the post op recovery is quite rapid. ...Read more

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Laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy--how is it done technically?

Laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy--how is it done technically?

Difficult: This is a difficult one to put into a message, but typically you place 2 to 3 laparoscopic prots, then you ligate and divide the round ligament. Take down the bladder flap surgically. Then separate the ovaries from the uterus. Continue ligating and dividing down to the level of the uterosacral ligaments. Then proceed vaginally. Enter into the anterior and poste. That's all i get for one msg. ...Read more

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How soon is it safe to masturbate after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Depends: If the method of masturbation is external (clitoral) stimulation, you could do this as soon as you feel up to it. It's generally recommended to not put anything into the vagina for 6-8 weeks. I would certainly discuss with your doctor before putting anything into the vagina. ...Read more

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Is there any pain involved in a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy?

Yes but minimal: Laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy or laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy is not painless. But, the majority of the pain comes from the small incisions in the abdominal wall, which is usually very easily controlled with oral pain medications. Most women go home in less than 24 hours after an lavh. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect for laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy?

Not too bad: When you arrive at the hospital, they will start an IV and possibly give you some pre-op medications. The surgeon and anesthesia will talk to you and answer your questions. Then they will take you to the surgery room where you will be put to sleep. When you wake up, you will be a bit sore and may have some nausea. You will be given medication for this. When you are ready you will be sent home ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks post total vaginal hysterectomy and i'm having unusual white stringy discharge. Is this a normal part of healing?

I'm 8 weeks post total vaginal hysterectomy and i'm having unusual white stringy  discharge.  Is this a normal part of healing?

Possibly.: However, if it's persistent and there is a lot, it won't hurt to give your surgeon a call and see if he or she would like to take a look to make sure there's no infection. Take care! ...Read more

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3 days post vaginal hysterectomy with posterior and anterior repair. I know i'm not supposed to pull, tug lift etc but can I put my own socks on?

Yes you can : Yes you can and there is no reason why you can not you can baith put your clothes on and yes you can put your socks on as well. ...Read more

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How long do I need to recover from vaginal hysterectomy? Leaving ovaries and tubes

Varies: Many women are essentially fully recovered in less than 2 weeks. Most have resumed normal activity by 2 to 4 weeks. To be safe, you should plan for 4 to 6 weeks for full recovery - but expect to require less than 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing  a laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy?

Yes: Before surgery, at a minimum, a check of your blood count (hemogram) would be recommended. Other labs would depend on your medical history and if you are on any medications. A urine pregnancy test should also be done unless your tubes are tied. ...Read more

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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