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Trachelectomy after Supracervical Hysterectomy

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Trachelectomy 101What is a trachelectomy? What is the recovery like?

A trachelectomy is the removal of the cervix. Some women who have had a supracervical (also known as partial or sub-total) hysterectomy may require a trachelectomy at a later date if issues develop with their remaining cervix.

A supracervical hysterectomy involves the removal of only the upper portion of the uterus, and the cervix (the neck or bottom portion) remains. When pain, bleeding, fibroid(s), infection, endometriosis, adenomyosis, or abnormal Pap smear of the cervix occur, a trachelectomy may be necessary to eliminate or treat symptoms.

A trachelectomy after hysterectomy may be performed laparoscopically, abdominally, or vaginally depending on your circumstances, surgical history, and the skill of your surgeon. Minimally invasive options can allow it to be done on an outpatient basis, while an open (laparotomy) surgery could require a night or two in the hospital.

Recovery can depend on how your surgery is performed and the extent of your surgery. It may be as little as two weeks for a minimally invasive option, or up to six weeks for an open procedure. Though recovery may be quicker and easier than a hysterectomy, you may have similar restrictions such as no heavy-lifting (nothing heavier than a gallon of milk), no sexual intercourse (nothing in the vagina) until cleared by your surgeon, no bathing, no swimming, and time off work.

A second opinion before having a trachelectomy can help you be sure this surgery is right for you. It can also help you determine if there are non-surgical options which may be helpful for your situation.

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.

08-23-2011 - 10:11 PM


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