Hysterectomy Removal of the Uterus - Your Procedure - MedSelfEd Patient Education Videos and Pictures
PreOp Patient Education
Monday, September 23, 2019

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Hysterectomy

Removal of the Uterus


Your Procedure
  Your Body
  Alternatives
  Medical Record
  Anesthesia
  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure
  Recovery
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Now it's time to talk about the actual procedure your doctor has recommended for you.

On the day of your operation,
On the day of your operation,
you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth and
You may receive a sedative by mouth and
an intravenous line may be put in.
an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
In the operating room, a nurse will begin preparation by clipping or shaving the abdomen.
In the operating room, a nurse will begin preparation by clipping or shaving the abdomen.
The anesthesiologist will begin to administer anesthesia - most probably general anesthesia.
The anesthesiologist will begin to administer anesthesia - most probably general anesthesia.
The surgeon will then apply an antiseptic solution to the skin...
The surgeon will then apply an antiseptic solution to the skin...
place a sterile drape around the operative site...
place a sterile drape around the operative site...
After allowing a few minutes for the anesthetic to take effect...
After allowing a few minutes for the anesthetic to take effect...
Your doctor will decide whether to make a vertical...
Your doctor will decide whether to make a vertical...
or horizontal incision.
or horizontal incision.
An incision is made cutting through the skin and muscle of the abdomen.
An incision is made cutting through the skin and muscle of the abdomen.
Next, the surgeon will inspect the general condition of the abdominal organs.
Next, the surgeon will inspect the general condition of the abdominal organs.
Once the ovaries are exposed the uterus can then be separated from the bladder.
Once the ovaries are exposed the uterus can then be separated from the bladder.
Next, the fallopian tubes are tied off and cut.
Next, the fallopian tubes are tied off and cut.
All arteries and veins connected to the uterus are tied off and cut as well.
All arteries and veins connected to the uterus are tied off and cut as well.
Now the uterus can be pulled upward. This stretches the vagina
Now the uterus can be pulled upward. This stretches the vagina
allowing the surgeon to cut the uterus free at the cervix.
allowing the surgeon to cut the uterus free at the cervix.
The surgeon closes the top of the vagina with stitches,
The surgeon closes the top of the vagina with stitches,
and provides added support by attaching the ligaments that once held the uterus in place.
and provides added support by attaching the ligaments that once held the uterus in place.
The incision is then closed...
The incision is then closed...
and a drainage tube may be left inserted at the site.
and a drainage tube may be left inserted at the site.
Finally, a sterile bandage is applied.
Finally, a sterile bandage is applied.

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