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A hysterectomy is the most commonly performed gynaecological procedure that involves the surgical removal of the uterus. When the procedure is performed through the vagina, it is called Vaginal Hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy is commonly performed gynaecological procedure that involves the surgical removal of the uterus. Hysterectomy may be complete (removal of the uterus body and cervix) or partial (removal of the uterus body, leaving the cervix intact).
Depending on the method to perform the procedure, hysterectomy can be categorized as
Vaginal hysterectomy generally lasts 1 to 2 hours and may be performed under general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, the surgeon generally follows these steps
If open hysterectomy is performed, the patient has to stay in hospital for 1 to 2 days. While in case of laparoscopic procedure, the patient may be allowed to go home on the same day.
The patient has vaginal bleeding for a few days after the surgery. Generally, it is not as heave as in menstual period. For most women it take 4 to 6 weeks to get back to normal routine.
Patients will have two to four scars in different parts of the abdomen from the incisions during surgery. Some stitches and glue will dissolve by themselves, while other stitches, staples and clips will require removal at the hospital about a week after the operation.
There will certain permanent changes in life, as mentioned below
Although hysterectomy is a safe procedure, there are certain risks involved.
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