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Unread 06-25-2010, 07:19 PM
Silly but Serious Question!

Is your uterus a free floating organ? I know that I have seen surgeries on tv and it looks like if the Dr. wanted to remove someones liver all they would have to do is lift it up and make a few clips and it would be separated from the body. Is that the way the uterus is? Is it free floating and could actually be lifted and with just a few snips it is free from the body...or is it somehow attached to the stomach muscles or other organs? Does it somehow have to be pried away from something or is it just that easy? Silly, I know...but I have been wondering about it.
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Unread 06-25-2010, 07:30 PM
Re: Silly but Serious Question!

All of the blood supply to the uterus would have to be cut, and caulderized. The cervical muscles I believe are connected with the pelvicand vaginal muscles, but I think yes, in theory it is mostly a free-floating organ.
Unread 06-25-2010, 08:11 PM
Re: Silly but Serious Question!

I am a newly medical student..and I wouldnt say the organs float freely..hmm everything in their is connected to you some how, and has a blood supply, your ut is connected to the cervix, which is connected to the vagina(remember the and it is a possibilty that if there is endo, or scar tissue your organs can be stuck together and need "pried: apart, does that make can go here
to see a hysterectomy done live(well its taped, but they aired it live) and there really isnt a lot of extra room in there, you have your other organs, and your intestins taking it up.
I hope this helps some and please if anyone is more knowledable than this, correct me! As I said I am a "new" medical student! LOL
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Unread 06-26-2010, 07:47 PM
Re: Silly but Serious Question!


What a great question! I wondered the same thing myself. Think Jr high sex ed class pics. I always wondered why ovaries didn't just float all over the place. It's hard to find good anatomy pics of the uterus--at least it is for me.

There are several muscles and ligaments that hold the uterus in place. A big one is the broad ligament. These need to be cut and cauterized to remove the uterus. As mentioned there are also nerves and blood vessels. I'm no expert but just curious like you, the surgery videos can be very helpful for us.

Unread 06-26-2010, 09:11 PM
Re: Silly but Serious Question!

Illianna, I've learned over the years that no question, asked earnestly, is a stupid question. And truth be told, I would not have known how to answer your question and I just had a total hys. a few weeks ago!

Dance4, thanks for posting that link! I just finished watching it and found it really interesting. I am trying not to get angry with myself for not educating myself quite enough before having my surgery. (Though I have a good reason--had a CAT scan that indicated ovarian cancer w/spread to abdomen and both oncologists I consulted with agreed I needed surgery ASAP.) Looking back, I should have taken more time to absorb the news and ask better questions about my surgical options. But that is what life is all about--Live and Learn
Unread 06-27-2010, 09:44 AM
Re: Silly but Serious Question!

I think it's a very good question too! and thanks ladies for your answers, I'd also wondered because all the graphics make it look like it's sitting in a big black Would like to learn more about the broad ligament.

Don't want to watch the video though....not today anyways.

Happy Sunday to you all!
Unread 06-27-2010, 02:19 PM
Re: Silly but Serious Question!

I thought this was a really good question too. I had a TVH and have been trying to figure out how the doctor got it disconnected from everything else vaginally. It doesn't seem like she would have enough room to move around and get to the areas that needed to be cut.

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