I had a vaginal hysterectomy for prolapse. As a fit and active 62 year old I was horrified to discover I had a prolapsed bowel and even more horrified to be referred to an incontinence clinic! I was not, and thankfully never had been incontinent.
When a hysterectomy takes place it is important that the vagina is reattached to what is called the uterosacral-cardinal ligament complex. Despite this, some women may experience what is called a vaginal vault prolapse following their hysterectomy. Vaginal vault prolapse following hysterectomy is more common in women who have had children naturally because their pelvic floor muscles are weaker from the birth process, this is also the reason why women who have given birth naturally are more likely to suffer other types of prolapse as well. It is thought that up to 40% of such women could be affected.
My hysterectomy was performed on 18.11.13. I had a vaginal procedure with anterior vaginal prolapse repair. Firstly I would like to say that the hysterectomy association was amazing. I was absolutely petrified beforehand and with all the information and emails I received all my apprehension and nerves were gone. It was great to hear stories from real people who have been through it and that helped immensely.
Hi. I had a vaginal hysterectomy using a spinal block in January 2013 and am now 15 weeks post op. I would just like to let you all know it is nothing to worry about. I too was very nervous about having this done. I had a vaginal prolapse and must say since this op I have never felt better.