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Vaginal hysterectomy

What is Vaginal hysterectomy

Vaginal hysterectomy is the name given to a non-invasive surgical healthcare procedure in which the uterus is removed from the body vaginally. A Vaginal Hysterectomy is when the vagina is stretched and kept open by special instruments. There are no external incisions made. There is however an internal incision at the top of the vagina around the cervix. In healthcare situations where the woman’s periods have become painful, exceedingly heavy, irregular, or a combination of the three, and healthcare practitioners have not been able to ascertain a specific cause, a vaginal hysterectomy may be necessary.

How it is performed

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, resulting in sterility, or the inability to become pregnant. During the operation an incision is made on the upper part of the vagina, and the uterus is removed. If the ovaries are diseased, they are taken out as well. The wound is sutured up and is expected to leave no visible scars.

All available tissue is sent to the laboratory for microscopic analysis. The patient may be advised to remain in the healthcare facility for three days. During this time, she will receive rehydration salts or blood through an IV transfusion. A gauze pack is placed in the vagina to absorb any excess blood. Blood and urine tests will be carried out to check for infection in the first couple of days post surgery. Vaginal aches and numbness may be felt up to six months after the healthcare procedure.

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