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Vaginal hysterectomy

An operation to remove your uterus

A surgical procedure to treat a variety of gynaecological conditions

About

As well as your uterus, your surgeon may remove your cervix (neck of the uterus) too. In some cases they might also remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries. This operation can treat non-cancerous tumours called fibroids, endometriosis, heavy bleeding, pelvic pain and cancer. 

Need to know

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    Your surgeon will make a single cut in your vagina to remove your uterus (and cervix, if necessary). You can chose to have the operation under general or regional anaesthetic. If you have general anaesthetic you'll be asleep, so you won't feel anything. If you have regional anaesthetic, you'll be awake but the area will be completely numb, so you won't feel any pain. Your surgeon will then close the cut using dissolvable stitches.
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    Your surgeon will explain how you can prepare for this operation. They'll also explain exactly what's going to happen during the procedure. If you're having general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for. You won't be able to do anything strenuous for up to eight weeks after the procedure so it's a good idea to ask friends or relatives to help you out at home after the operation.
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    You might be able to go home the same day as the operation. However, some women need to be cared for in hospital for up to five days afterwards. You may feel pain and discomfort in your abdomen a few days after the operation. And you'll probably experience some bleeding and discharge too. You shouldn't lift anything heavy or do any exercise for at least six weeks after a vaginal hysterectomy. You may be able to drive after four weeks. And, depending on your job, you could go back to work between four to eight weeks after the operation. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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