A vaginal hysterectomy is one where the uterus/womb and cervix are removed through the vagina. Because it is less invasive recovery is often much faster than with a traditional abdominal hysterectomy. It is performed by pulling the womb and cervix through a hole that is made in the top of the vagina.
Surgical instruments are then placed into the vagina to remove the uterus from the ligaments that hold it in place. After the womb and the cervix has been removed, the incision made at the top of the vagina is then stitched closed.
This type of surgery is not suitable for all women though and may only be available in a limited number of hospitals. Generally, women who are expecting to have fewer complications with a hysterectomy and those who have had children (as their ligaments are less firm) will be more suitable candidates.
If you have large fibroids, a lot of endometriosis and/or adhesions then an abdominal hysterectomy may be considered more appropriate for you.
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