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Unread 04-10-2008, 11:45 AM
Vaginal Cuff ???

I feel like I should know the answer to this, but I don't and I've searched everywhere to find it.

My question is this: What IS a vaginal cuff? I had a vaginal hysterectomy 5 weeks ago, but my doctor never used this term. I see it used here quite a bit. How do I know if I have one? Is it that funny bump that is slowly shrinking at the back of the vaginal opening??

Thanks for any replies!
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Unread 04-10-2008, 11:49 AM
Vaginal Cuff ???

You and I are the same age. A vaginal cuff is the sewn-up end of the vagina if you had your cervix removed. I am assuming since you said total hyst. you have a vaginal cuff. I had my surgery 10 wks ago today and I still haven't gotten the courage to feel up there. The end is stitched up like the end of a sock to keep foreign bodies and infection from entering the abdominal cavity.
Unread 04-10-2008, 02:28 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

Thank you for explaining that Pattie! I think I'll just let the doctor check it next week. Being that he took it vaginally, I don't think I have any cervix left. (How could that be done?) I like my doctor alot, but I'm working on a list of questions to ask him next week...
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Unread 04-10-2008, 04:50 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

I don't understand vaginal hysterectomies, but I would guess they dilate the cervix and start pulling the uterus thru the opening... just not sure on how they would sever the ligaments and arteries on the outside of the uterus...
I am sure someone will come along that can explain it.
Unread 04-10-2008, 04:54 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

you can watch a vaginal hysterectomy on didnt quite understand how they did it either until i watched it.
Unread 04-10-2008, 05:45 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

I'm not sure that I want to know that badly! (But I'll probably check it out anyway.)
Unread 04-10-2008, 05:56 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

I had the same questions????? I was like WHAT! I was told that I now on the inside of my body where my cervix use to be look now like an inside out sock that is how it is sewed eek.......... There is a site on here where there are pictures of it I will try and find it for you and post it, it is on one of the responses to my post. and it does look like a sock that is inside out. I am now 16 weeks post op and just tried the sex thing for the first time and it went fine, I was so scared that I was gonna bleed or have some problems that would push back my recovery but it went well. I have my 3 month check up coming on the 17th eek......... I was in the beginning when I started to feel better freaking out because I thought what is up there now??? a big black hole anyway I got some great responses and it was so helpful so hopefully I helped you all Good luck!
Unread 04-10-2008, 08:36 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

Originally Posted by PostMenoHyst
Thank you for explaining that Pattie! I think I'll just let the doctor check it next week. Being that he took it vaginally, I don't think I have any cervix left. (How could that be done?) I like my doctor alot, but I'm working on a list of questions to ask him next week...
It is my understanding that when you have a vaginal hysterectomy they take your cervix, which would require a vaginal cuff.
Unread 04-10-2008, 08:56 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

OK now I am confused!! I posted a question similar to this and some told me if My cervix is removed you have one others say not necessarily. So what is it? I did have my cervix removed also so do I have on? And if you do where does it end? Meaning when I went for my three week check up he felt for my ovaries the same as he usually does so if there was a cuff wouldn't' it stop him from going up in there. Man I don't know my anatomy very well and I feel stupid. Some one please tell me.
Unread 04-10-2008, 11:04 PM
Vaginal Cuff ???

I was told from my doctor that if they remove you cervix they repair the area with what is known as a vaginal cuff, at least that is what he does and so that is what I have. I asked about shortening and the doctor said that most time the vaginal area gets shortened because of this but not by much and some women find it better. All I can say is what i asked and what the doctor told me.

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