What kind of scar do you get from a hysterectomy?

During abdominal hysterectomy, your surgeon makes a vertical or a horizontal incision in your lower abdomen. A vertical incision (left) gives the surgeon greater access to your pelvis. A horizontal incision (right) follows your skin's natural lines, usually leaving a thinner scar.
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What does hysterectomy scar look like?

Abdominal Hysterectomy Scar Pictures

Abdominal hysterectomy usually leaves one large scar around the "bikini line," about halfway between the belly button and the pubic bone. A visible crease is usually visible even after the incision is fully healed.
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Does a vaginal hysterectomy leave scars?

Vaginal hysterectomy scars

The uterus is then detached from the surrounding organs and pulled out through the vagina. This approach doesn't leave any visible scarring. Compared to abdominal hysterectomies, vaginal hysterectomies also tend to involve shorter hospital stays, lower costs, and faster recovery times.
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Does a hysterectomy scar fade?

Here's where the problem lies: C-section scars and hysterectomy scars will be there, and they may take years before they fade on their own. They'll still leave marks, but they'll be less visible by then. But when worse comes to worst, the healing process can go sideways and create keloids or hypertrophic scars.
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How many inches is a hysterectomy scar?

No visible scar. Vaginal with laparoscopy (keyhole). Three to four scars of about half-inch each.
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What kind of scars will I have?

Will I look old after hysterectomy?

Having a hysterectomy is a big change for your body. Depending on where you are in your menopause journey, this type of procedure can cause hormonal changes resulting in different side effects. A hysterectomy by itself usually doesn't affect your hormones and aging as much.
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Will I have a flat stomach after hysterectomy?

Internal lower abdominal and pelvic swelling can take a number of months to subside after a hysterectomy. Abdominal hysterectomy and abdominal incisions can cause the deep abdominal muscles to stop working. When these muscles stop working, this can make your belly look floppy and larger in size.
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Does your body shape change after hysterectomy?

The hips widen and the spine and rib cage fall. This explains why hysterectomized women have shortened and thickened midsections and no curve in their lower backs. These changes lead to back and hip problems, reduced mobility, circulation issues and chronic pain.
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Do you gain weight after a hysterectomy?

It's a fairly prevalent post-op side effect, even in the absence of adjustments to diet or physical activity level. A Journal of Women's Health study concluded that there is indeed a greater chance of weight gain after a hysterectomy, especially in the first year.
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What fills the space after a hysterectomy?

The bottom line

After any type of hysterectomy, your small and large intestines will fill most of the space your uterus previously occupied.
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Can a man feel when a woman has had a hysterectomy?

Some husbands worry their wives may feel different or no longer express interest in them. The reality is that sex after hysterectomy for the man may feel surprisingly similar. In all procedures, the surgeon takes steps to maintain vaginal functionality.
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Can you get a tummy tuck during a hysterectomy?

A tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is routinely performed after a hysterectomy. At times, these two operations are done during the same operation. If your hysterectomy was performed laparoscopically, it would be unusual for you to have prolonged abdominal swelling.
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Where do they make the incision for a hysterectomy?

To perform the hysterectomy, your surgeon makes a cut (incision) in your lower abdomen, using one of two approaches: A vertical incision, which starts in the middle of your abdomen and extends from just below your navel to just above your pubic bone.
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What hurts after a hysterectomy?

In the weeks following your hysterectomy, you may notice: pain at the incision site. swelling, redness, or bruising at the incision site. burning or itching near the incision.
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What happens to your insides after a hysterectomy?

The vagina may collapse, the tissue between the bladder and vaginal wall or rectum and vagina may weaken, or the small intestine may drop into the lower pelvic cavity. Prolapses usually occur in women who have preexisting pelvic floor problems.
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How many pounds is a uterus?

Uterus: 2 pounds

Your uterus grows a lot to make room for your baby. Before you became pregnant, your uterus was about 3.5 inches long and weighed only 1/6 of a pound.
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Do I need Pap smear after total hysterectomy?

Do I still need Pap tests? Yes, you should continue to see your ob-gyn after you have a hysterectomy. Depending on the reason for your hysterectomy, you still may need pelvic exams and cervical cancer screening. Cervical cancer screening includes Pap tests, testing for human papillomavirus (HPV), or both.
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Does hysterectomy cause hair loss?

This procedure involves removing the uterus, cervix and sometimes the ovaries and fallopian tubes. After a hysterectomy, many women go through menopause — particularly if the ovaries are removed. Because of the changing hormones menopause caues, it can also lead to hair loss.
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Will I look thinner after hysterectomy?

Weight loss isn't a side effect of a hysterectomy. Some people experience a few days of nausea following a major surgery. This can be a result of pain or a side effect of the anesthesia. For some, this can make it hard to keep food down, resulting in temporary weight loss.
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Has anyone lost weight after a hysterectomy?

It may be that removing the uterus and any subsequent pain may result in a decrease in appetite, resulting in weight loss. Losing weight after a hysterectomy is fairly common, but if you were underweight to begin with or experience rapid weight loss after a hysterectomy, you may wish to speak with your doctor.
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How long does it take for stomach to go down after hysterectomy?

You will probably notice that your belly is swollen and puffy. This is common. The swelling will take several weeks to go down. It may take about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
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What is the average age for hysterectomy?

Although it's commonly thought of as an operation for older women, the average age of women getting hysterectomies is actually 42, which means that many younger women have the procedure. That can be particularly devastating if they haven't yet had but want children.
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Is a hysterectomy worth it?

Hysterectomy is one treatment for many diseases and conditions. A hysterectomy may save your life if: • you have cancer of the uterus or ovaries, or • your uterus is bleeding fast and it can't be stopped. In most other cases, a hysterectomy is done to improve a woman's life. But, it is not needed to save her life.
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What is the age limit for a hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy is a safe surgical procedure for women of many ages, including those over 60. It is also typically safe for patients 75 and over.
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