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Fallopian Tube Prolapse After Hysterectomy

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woman wondering about fallopian tube prolapse after hysterectomyI have another surgery scheduled because of fallopian tube prolapse. Has anyone else had this and what can I expect?

Fallopian tube prolapse is rare, but it can occur following a hysterectomy. The fallopian tube can either fall into the vaginal cuff and become trapped in the healing tissue or fall through a vaginal fistula. Both can be very painful. Treatment for fallopian tube prolapse can depend on your symptoms and the severity of your case.

Symptoms of fallopian tube prolapse can include pain and bleeding with intercourse, lower pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge. Initially, fallopian tube prolapse may be misdiagnosed or mistaken as granulation involving the vaginal cuff, a polyp, endometriosis, a granuloma, or even a malignant lesion. Vaginal discharge from the prolapse may be assumed to be urinary incontinence issues. To help with any post-op complication diagnosis, it is important to keep a detailed symptom diary that you can share with your medical team.

Once fallopian tube prolapse is diagnosed, treatment may involve laparoscopic and/or vaginal surgery to remove the fallopian tube. If it has prolapsed into the vaginal cuff, you may also need a vaginal cuff revision. If there are any adhesions—which there often are—you will also need extensive adhesiolysis, during which your surgeon may choose to remove all your remaining tubes. The surgery can usually be done on an outpatient basis under anesthesia. Depending on the extent of your surgery, recovery can range from 2–6 weeks. If a vaginal cuff revision is necessary, intercourse and bathing will be restricted similarly to what they were immediately following your hysterectomy.

As always, be sure to seek a second opinion before heading into the operating room. You want to be sure you have the best surgeon and the best surgery type for your specific 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.

08-17-2013 - 10:35 AM


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