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I had a hysterectomy. Do I need pap tests?
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Need a visit
After a hysterectomy, you may not need a pap smear technically, although some argue that there is a small risk of having cervical type cells that remain after hysterectomy which would benefit from screening.
I think you absolutely should maintain a routine of regular check ups because we check other things at those exams-external area, vagina, rectum and ovaries if they remain!

In brief: Need a visit
After a hysterectomy, you may not need a pap smear technically, although some argue that there is a small risk of having cervical type cells that remain after hysterectomy which would benefit from screening.
I think you absolutely should maintain a routine of regular check ups because we check other things at those exams-external area, vagina, rectum and ovaries if they remain!
Dr. Paige Gutheil
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Women who have never had an abnormal pap smear and do not have a uterus never need another pap smear. They should continue to have annual exams and pelvic exams.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: It Depends
The american college of ob/gyns recommends women who retain their cervix after hysterectomy (supracervical), or those who don't but have a history of severe pre-cancer of the cervix, should continue to have regular pap smears.

In brief: It Depends
The american college of ob/gyns recommends women who retain their cervix after hysterectomy (supracervical), or those who don't but have a history of severe pre-cancer of the cervix, should continue to have regular pap smears.
Dr. Scott Kramer
Dr. Scott Kramer
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