Side effects after vaginal hysterectomy?

Many. In the short term, a small amount of spotting and discharge are normal - as well as some degree of discomfort (pain) . In the long term there may be many benefits, but the primary side effect is that you will never have any uterine bleeding - which is good. It is difficult to answer this question without knowing why the vaginal hysterectomy is needed.

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Is vaginal hysterectomy a very common procedure?

Yes. The vaginal hysterectomy is still the safest, most non invasive method of doing a hysterectomy. Unfortunately, the procedure appears to be a dying art. If you need a hysterectomy, and your dr. Offers a vaginal procedure, i would recommend it over the newer laparoscopic procedures for the above reasons. Read more...
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...
Yes. Abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) is still the most common route for hysterectomy in the usa. Vaginal hysterectomy and lavh have become more common but still account for less than 30% of all hysterectomies. Straight vaginal hysterectomy is still the quickest mode but many gynecologists have more experience (and comfort) with tah. Lavh is considered the safest route of hysterectomy. Read more...

How long is the stay in the hospitail after a vaginal hysterectomy?

Usually 1 day. Most people are ready to go home the next day, depending on if they are tolerating food, urinating ok, have no fever and their pain is controlled with oral pain meds. Read more...
Varies. May be a few hours to a few days. Most of my patients are 23 hours observation and home the day after the surgery. Read more...

I'm scheduled to have a vaginal hysterectomy. Is it a painful procedure?

Varies. Vaginal hysterectomy is generally much less painful than an abdominal hysterectomy because there is no incision in the abdomen. Most of the pain from surgery comes from the skin incisions, with a vaginal surgery the only incision is at the top of the vagina and there are few pain receptors locted there - hence much less pain. Read more...

Was laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy successful in the past?

Yes. It enabled people to have a less invasive procedure, hysterectomy did not require an incision. Unfortunately, it has diminished some surgeons ability to do a vaginal hysterectomy without the laparoscope. Read more...
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...
Yes. Laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (lavh) have been performed successfully and safely for over 2 decades. Many studies show vaginal hysterectomy to be quickest, total abdominal hysterectomy to be technically easiest, and lavh to have the lowest complication rates. Read more...

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...
Specialized surgery. Laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy (lavh) is one hysterectomy technique. A video camera is inserted into the abdomen along with other small ports. Through these small incisions the dissection is done down to the level of the cervix. The rest of the surgery is done vaginally with the uterus removed from below. The very back of the vagina is the sutured closed to complete the case. Read more...
Varies. Different surgeons use different instruments to perform the same surgery. For hysterectomy alone, the uterus is separated from its attachments and blood supply with staples, electro-cautery, sonic scalpels, and / or sutures. Once free it is removed through the vagina or morcellated and removed through the small laparoscope incisions. Read more...