Hysterectomies that used to be performed through an open incision in the abdomen can now frequently be performed using a vaginal approach, which minimizes pain, trauma and recovery time for the patient.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of a woman's uterus. This may be done to treat uterine cancer , fibroid tumors , endometriosis , uterine prolapse , or other conditions of the uterus.
Vaginal hysterectomy avoids the large abdominal incisions, extended hospital stays and longer recovery times of the traditional open approach to hysterectomy. Not all hysterectomies can be performed using a vaginal approach. Your Women’s Health gynecologic surgeon will work with you to determine the best approach for your age, overall health and specific condition.
Other common surgical procedures that are performed using a vaginal approach include:
- Correction of uterine or genital prolapse
- Dilatation and curettage - D&C is a gynecological procedure in which the cervix is dilated (expanded) and the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is scraped away.
Some information provided by www.surgery.com .