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Vaginal Cuff after Hysterectomy | What Is It?

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Vaginal Cuff after hysterectomyIf the surgeon removes my cervix during hysterectomy, how is the vagina closed at the top?

The vaginal cuff is created by the surgeon at the top of the vagina where the cervix used to be, kind of like the end of a sock.

The creation of the vaginal cuff does not usually shorten the vagina. There may be a very minor reduction in length (some studies report shortening by a quarter of an inch), but in most cases it is negligible.

That said, many women and their partners feel like the vagina is shorter during the first few sexual encounters post-op. This sensation may occur simply because the recovering tissues are still stiff. The tissues of the vagina are very flexible, however, and with caution and practice they will stretch back out.

If your vaginal cuff doesn't heal properly, the doctor may treat it with silver nitrate to cauterize it and encourage healing.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-11-2005 - 04:41 PM


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