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A vaginal hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus through the vagina.
A Vaginal Hysterectomy may be recommended for women who have:
Benefits of the Procedure
Short hospital stay
No abdominal incision
No visible scars
Short recovery time
Minimal amount of post-operative pain
What is a Vaginal Hysterectomy?
A vaginal hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus through the vagina. A vaginal hysterectomy may be suggested if the patient has a uterus that can fit and be removed through the vagina. If is often suggested as the preferred route for a uterus that has prolapsed.
When a vaginal hysterectomy is performed, the doctor makes an incision in the vagina to detach the uterus from blood vessels, ovaries and fallopian tubes. The uterus is then removed through the top of the vagina. Sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed with the uterus.
After having a vaginal hysterectomy, the patient's period will stop. If the ovaries are kept in place, then they will continue to produce hormones.
The patient should plan on staying at the hospital for less than 24 hours. It is normal for the patient to have some pain, spotting or discharge from the vagina for the first couple of days after surgery.
Most women are able to return to normal activities within one or two weeks, which is a much shorter recovery time than an abdominal hysterectomy. However, the patient shouldn't have intercourse or use tampons for about six weeks after surgery.