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Unread 12-31-2011, 03:10 PM
Getting Ready

Hey Ladies,

I am now going on my third surgery in less than 8 months. I am scheduled for a total hysterectomy due to pelvic organ prolapse on Jan 18. My doc is using the Da Vinci surgical technique. I also have some bladder prolapse and rectal prolapse but not to the extent I am incontinent. Sooo, they are opting to wait on that portion of it.

My doc said she was going to remove my uterus ovary (I only have one left) and cervix and it would be coming out of my vagina. I feel dumb for asking this but does that mean I will have stitches in my vagina as well?

I did OK on the last surgeries but still, this is a bit more extensive.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 03:36 PM
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Yes, you should have stitches at the top of your vagina. In some cases, they only cauterize the top of it closed so ask your doctor to find out exactly what he or she does with vaginal cuffs. Good luck with your surgery and recovery.
Unread 12-31-2011, 03:57 PM
Wow! Danni...... Thanks for the quick reply

I am grateful. I kind of thought I would have some stitches there and elsewhere. But, couldn't wrap my brain around it. I assume you have already had this done?

I am going to call tomorrow with more specifics.

Thanks bunches.
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Unread 12-31-2011, 04:12 PM
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I had a different surgery than what you had. Mine was abdominal and I kept my cervix so my stitches to close the opening are on the other side of the cervix, not at the top of the vagina. And yes, I am more than a year post-op and the surgery and recovery went very well for me. DaVinci is supposed to be easier initially but you still need to remember that no matter how they enter your tummy, you still are having an organ removed and you need to let your body heal.

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