Vaginal hysterectomy is the procedure of removing the uterus and other organs through the vagina and not through an incision such as in the abdomen or laparoscopic hysterectomy. As is generally accepted, the recovery time of vaginal hysterectomy is faster and does not have the risk of complications as abdominal hysterectomy.
The method used in vaginal hysterectomy allows the application of different types, like:
• Subtotal hysterectomy – It is the most limited type of hysterectomy. Only the uterus of the patient is removed.
• Total hysterectomy – both uterus and cervix are removed from the patient.
• Radical hysterectomy – In this procedure of hysterectomy, uterus, cervix, surrounding tissues, glands and parts of the vagina are removed.
• Hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy – radical and total hysterectomy may additionally involve the removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries.
In some cases, vaginal hysterectomy may be supported by laparoscopy. This procedure is called laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy. Specialists who do not wish to undergo total laparoscopic hysterectomy due to lack of experience or different situations use laparoscopy to provide a clear view of the uterus and other organs.
Vaginal hysterectomy is performed for the following reasons, involving:
• Abnormal bleeding and pelvic pain without a specific cause – Doctors may also find hysterectomy appropriate for the solution of certain gynecological problems.
• Cancer of several types, involving uterine cancer and cervical cancer.
The main reason why vaginal hysterectomy is preferred to abdominal hysterectomy is that it is less painful, and the healing process is faster
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