Vaginal Hysterectomy

This is the operation of choice when there is a prolapse of the uterus (womb) or when the uterus needs to be removed for another indication but there is satisfactory access and descent of the uterus.

It has the benefit of no cuts being made to the abdomen.
The surgery is performed completely by the vaginal route. It takes about 30-60 minutes to perform and is done under general anaesthetic. You will wake up with a vaginal pack and a catheter in your bladder. The catheter will be removed the following day.

It is anticipated that you will stay in hospital for 1-2 nights before being discharged. You will be off work for at least 6 weeks. Mr Webster will see you in his follow up clinic 6 weeks after surgery.
Any operation carries a risk of bleeding, infection and thrombosis. Special precautions will be taken to try to prevent these.

Specific complications relating to this surgery are injury to bowel, bladder, big blood vessels and the tube linking the kidney to the bladder called the ureter. The risk of complications is in the order of 1-2 in 100.

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