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Hysterectomy Types | Total Abdominal

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Total Abdominal HysterectomyTotal Abdominal Hysterectomy


Definition: This is the removal of the uterus and the cervix because together they form the entire uterus.

Acronym: TAH


Description of procedure: The doctor makes a cut in the abdominal wall to expose the ligaments and blood vessels around the uterus. The muscles in the abdomen are usually not cut, but spread apart with retractors. The ligaments and blood vessels are separated from the uterus and the blood vessels tied off so they will heal and not bleed. Then, the uterus with the cervix, is removed by cutting it off at the top of the vagina. The top of the vagina is repaired by being sewn so that a hole is not left. This is called the vaginal cuff.

Indications/contra-indications: This is the best option for you if you are dealing with a cancer possibility, large fibroids, have never delivered a baby vaginally, etc. It is the most invasive of the surgery types and the one that may involve the longest recovery. There is risk of the incision becoming infected.

Initial Recovery: Expect 6 to 8 weeks of recovery, with lifting and straining restrictions for this whole period. It is also normal to expect to have a restriction on intercourse for the whole of the initial recovery period.

Details: For more details and definitions for abdominal hysterectomy, please visit here.

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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.

03-13-2012 - 11:33 AM


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