The surgical procedure to remove the uterus by making an incision in the vagina is called Vaginal Hysterectomy. The uterus is detached from the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the cervix in this procedure. The uterus is then removed through the vagina. This procedure is much cost effective with faster recovery when compared to abdominal hysterectomy. But the process fails if the uterus is very large.
Vaginal Hysterectomy may be used in the treatment of:
- Gynecological cancer
- Uterine prolapse
- Abnormal Vaginal bleeding
- Chronic Pelvic Pain
Risks are associated with most surgeries and may include:
- Blood clots in legs or lungs
- Excessive bleeding
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Damage to your pelvic and abdominal organs
There is always a possibility of the surgeon performing an abdominal hysterectomy in case of severe endometriosis. Thus it is necessary to talk to your doctor about what to expect after surgery.
Recovery after vaginal hysterectomy is shorter and less painful when compared to an abdominal hysterectomy. A full recovery may require 3-4 weeks. During this period you would be asked to take adequate rest, not to lift anything heavy or refrain from intercourse until six weeks.