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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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I had a partial vaginal hysterectomy 8 months ago and today I started bleeding. It looks like heavy menstrual blood with clots. No pain or cramps. ?

I had a partial vaginal hysterectomy 8 months ago and today I started bleeding. It looks like heavy menstrual blood with clots. No pain or cramps. ?

Call your surgeon: This may be granulation tissue bleeding from the vaginal cuff where the vagina was sewn closed which can be treated sometimes in the office. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Vaginal Hysterectomy (Definition)

Vaginal hysterectomy is removal of the uterus through the vagina. Recovery is quicker than removing the uterus through the abdominal wall. There ...Read more


Dr. John Kirk
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I had a vaginal hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. I started getting abdominal cramps. What should I do?

I had a vaginal hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. I started getting abdominal cramps. What should I do?

Always check with Dr: It is common to have aches and pains and cramps for a period of time after hysterectomies through whatever approach (vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic or abdominal). It is often the bowels moving slowly or small adhesions developing, for example. It may also be signs of a urine infection or small fluid collection near the vagina on the inside. Always check with your doctor if no rapid improvement. ...Read more

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Dr. Carolyn Quist
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Is vaginal hysterectomy a very common procedure?

Is vaginal hysterectomy a very common procedure?

Yes: Hysterectomies are very common procedures. Many doctors, but not all, feel comfortable removing the uterus through the vagina. It is a great way to have the surgery that is less invasive then an abdominal procedure, results in less pain and risks with a quicker recovery. Talk to your doctor about all the options, pros and cons. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vaginal hysterectomy?

What is the definition or description of: vaginal hysterectomy?

Operation : Vaginal hysterectomy is removal of the uterus through the vagina. Recovery is quicker than removing the uterus through the abdominal wall. There is also less scaring. ...Read more

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Dr. Hugo Ribot
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What happens during a vaginal hysterectomy and how long does it take?

What happens during a vaginal hysterectomy and how long does it take?

No visible scar: A circular incision is made around the cervix through the vaginal wall. The abdominal cavity is entered between the rectum and cervix through the vagina. The bladder is separated from the cervix. The arteries feeding the uterus are tied off and cut. The uterus is delivered through the vagina. The ligaments supporting the uterus and cervix are reattached to the vagina. The vagina is closed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Vaginal hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. When can I start exercising? What should I not do?

Vaginal hysterectomy 2 weeks ago. When can I start exercising? What should I not do?

Walking: Walking is something you can do right away. Most important is not to lift anything heavier than about 10 pounds. Doing so would increase interabdominal pressure and put strain on your sutures in the vagina. If you feel your stomach muscles flexing, then likely you shouldn't do it. But walking is great. Improves circulation and healing overall. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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How long do I have to wait to drive after a vaginal hysterectomy ?

Varies: After an uncomplicated vaginal hysterectomy most women should be able to drive within 3 to 4 days and some even sooner. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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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

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
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I had a vaginal hysterectomy 4 weeks ago. I still have pain. When will I start to feel better and start to doing things around the house.

Talk to your surgeon: Call your surgeons office and ask as I am not aware of the details of your surgical procedure, how it was performed, and what complications were attendant therein. ...Read more

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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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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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more


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