What is Vaginal Hysterectomy?
A vaginal hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus through the vagina. The uterus is a pear-shaped organ in a woman’s lower abdomen responsible for reproduction. When a vaginal hysterectomy is performed, the uterus and ovaries are removed with an incision at the top of the vagina. Through the incision a doctor can cut and tie off ligaments, blood vessels and fallopian tubes. The uterus can then be cut free and removed through this incision. Vaginal hysterectomy may be suggested in conditions where the uterus is not enlarged or in the case of uterine prolapse – when the uterus has dropped because of weakened muscles.