How to prepare for a partial hysterectomy?

Good health. Sleep, eat and exercise right. Everything in moderation. Find a great surgeon. Ask questions, to better understand what to expect before, during and after surgery. Take time to recover after surgery. I recommend 2 weeks of home rest after a partial hysterectomy and then if all is well, return to usually activities as your body allows. Have a positive attitude. Use your support network to help!

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What does it mean to get a partial hysterectomy?

See below. They cut above your cervix and just take out the body of your uterus. You will have your ovaries and cervix left after the operation. Read more...
Depends. The term is not one we as medical practitioner typically use as it is ambiguous carrying more that one definition. Usually it means that the uterus will be removed but the cervix will be left behind. On occasion it may refer to the fact that the ovaries were not removed, but this is an unfortunate use of the term. Read more...

Should I still be in pain after a partial hysterectomy?

Maybe. You could have pain for the first couple of weeks or so. After that it is not normal to have pain other than a mild discomfort. See your surgeon so that they can rule out an infection, adhesions etc. Read more...
Depends. If the surgery was within the last 3 to 4 weeks, you could still be having pain from the surgery. Your pain should be getting better with time. If it is getting worse you should see your doctor. Read more...

What is the recovery time after a partial hysterectomy?

Depends on type. The internal healing after hysterectomy, traditionally takes six weeks. However, if you have a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy, you will be up and around very quickly. You can probably go back to work when you feel like it, same for driving, usually within a couple of weeks. No heavy lifting or sex for six weeks, and you may tire easily for a couple of weeks. Abdominal surgery takes longer. Read more...

What are the benefits of getting a partial hysterectomy?

Depends. Partial hysterectomy is a vague term. Many patients use it to mean taking out the uterus and leaving the ovaries. This has the benefit of maintaining hormones in premenopausal women. Partial hys can also mean removing the body of the uterus and leaving the cervix. In an emergency open case, like a c-section, this results in less bleeding. Other benefits are doubtful. Read more...
Natural menopause. Leaving the ovaries is often referred to as a partial hysterectomy. If your ovaries are removed then you will be post menopausal immediately and could have symptoms. If you already have menopause symptoms, have a FH of ovarian cancer or certain other problems then I would consider removing your ovaries. Discuss pros and cons with your doctor. Either way have tubes removed to reduce your risk. Read more...

Can I have a partial hysterectomy at 23 without having kids?

Medical reason, yes. If there is a very good medical reason for surgery, yes, a surgeon will perform the procedure. However, most GYN surgeons tend to be conservative of reproductive structures at age 23 as it is not the preferred procedure for sterilization with so many good reversible and non reversible means of achieving the same. Reproductive cancer & pelvic abscesses top the list for this surgery at 23. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: partial hysterectomy?

Partial. Removes mostly the body, leaving the cervix behind. It means the birth canal, and organ of receptive intercourse is not bothered. Problem is tha it can develop cancer and needs another procedure. Read more...

Is it possible to still have children after a partial hysterectomy?

No. Unless you are referring to adopting them. The term partial hysterectomy is generally referred to as removing the uterus while leaving the ovaries behind. This does not allow you to bear children any longer. Read more...

What's the main difference between a total and partial hysterectomy?

No advantage. A partial leaves the cervix and some claim this helps maintain sexual function. This is not true, 1) there are only pain fibers in the cervix, 2) a french study randomized women b/w the two groups and found no difference. The cervix may bleed and will necessitate more frequent pap smears than if it is removed. Read more...

I am 42 years old and having a partial hysterectomy. Should I be worried?

Why are you having? Worrying probably won't help anything. Why are you having the partial hysterectomy? Do you have confidence in your doctor? Have you gotten a second opinion? Are you otherwise healthy? Your best bet is to have this conversation with your doctor. Read more...