Jefferson University Hospitals

Vaginal Hysterectomy

If you are diagnosed with symptomatic fibroids (non-cancerous tumors of the uterus), a vaginal hysterectomy may be an appropriate treatment option. The experts at the Jefferson Fibroid Center bring together the expertise of leading gynecologists, obstetricians, reproductive/infertility endocrinologists, ultrasonographers and interventional radiologists to treat fibroid tumors. We are the first and only multidisciplinary center dedicated to the treatment of uterine fibroids.

What Does Vaginal Hysterectomy Involve?

A vaginal hysterectomy removes the uterus and fibroids through the vagina, without need for an abdominal incision. The three limitations to vaginal hysterectomy are size, scarring and prolapse. Most surgeons, unless they are skilled in the surgical techniques of morcellation, will only attempt vaginal hysterectomy if the uterus is smaller than 12 to 14 weeks gestational size.

Additionally, if there is a history of prior abdominal surgery or a lack of uterine mobility, the vaginal approach may not be an option. The hospitalization is usually just overnight. Most patients are back to work within two to three weeks. If possible, the vaginal approach is preferable over the abdominal approach.

You can count on the experience and skill of our Fibroid Center staff to help you decide which procedure is best for your specific condition.