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How Will My Vagina Stay in Place after Hysterectomy?

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How does my vagina stay in place after hysterectomyAfter my hysterectomy, what will keep my vagina in place?


Depending on your surgeon and hysterectomy type, your surgeon will likely take the ligaments that were holding the uterus in place and attach them to the top of your vagina. If you had a total hysterectomy, they will be attached to the vaginal cuff. The specifics will vary based on which type of hysterectomy you have, but generally the process involves suturing the uterosacral ligaments to the vaginal cuff and reinforcing them to provide ample support for the vaginal vault.

To reinforce your surgeon's efforts, it may be helpful to see a pelvic floor physical therapist. S/he can train you on how to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong and supple, which will help prevent prolapse. You can also participate in activities like yoga and Pilates that strengthen your pelvic floor.

Unfortunately, this does not give you immunity for vaginal vault prolapse. These precautions do reduce the risks, but they don't guarantee anything. To learn more about vaginal vault prolapse and pelvic floor strength, see Prolapse | Vaginal Vault and Strengthening Pelvic Muscles.



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.

10-17-2013 - 07:32 AM


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