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Vaginal Hysterectomy Cramps
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a vaginal hysterectomy 4 weeks ago. My doctor told me to wait 4 weeks. Well I did and it was too painful. Can u tell me why?
Can happen: Perhaps wait a bit longer, have you had your post op check? ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I'm 8 weeks post total vaginal hysterectomy and i'm having unusual white stringy discharge. Is this a normal part of healing?
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?
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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