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Cheltenham Hospital

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246552 01242 246501 (fax)
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Why choose Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital for your hysterectomy surgery?

Our experienced gynaecologists at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital specialise in hysterectomy procedures and can provide you with a detailed treatment plan, personalised to you and your unique needs. If you are in need of a hysterectomy, going private at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital can offer a number of benefits including:

  • Rapid access to first class treatment
  • No limits on your aftercare
  • Dedicated matron-led nursing care
  • Our unique price promise (no hidden surprises)
  • Complete consultant engagement, from your initial consultation, through to your aftercare
  • Your own private patient room with flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi and en-suite bathroom. 

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Cheltenham Hospital

Talk to us and we can help solve your women's health problems with easy to access advice and treatment. For more information, or to book a consultation with one of our experts, please call our hospital enquiry team on 01242 802 760. Alternatively, fill in a contact form and we will get back to you at a more convenient time.

What happens during hysterectomy surgery?

A hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of a woman's uterus. There are several procedures available. Your consultant in Cheltenham will advise you on the right procedure for you.

Vaginal hysterectomy in Cheltenham

  • Your surgeon in Cheltenham may recommend a vaginal hysterectomy if your uterus and cervix are being removed
  • A vaginal hysterectomy is usually performed using general anaesthetic (you'll be asleep) and takes about one hour
  • Your surgeon will access your uterus through a hole in the wall of your vagina
  • Your uterus and cervix will be pulled forward and using special instruments they will remove your uterus and the ligaments that hold it in place along with your cervix
  • The wound will be closed using dissolvable stitches
  • You may have a gauze dressing in your vagina to help control any bleeding
  • You may have a catheter (tube to help you pass urine from your bladder) in place
  • This is usually removed the day after your surgery.

Abdominal hysterectomy in Cheltenham

  • An abdominal hysterectomy is usually performed using general anaesthetic (you'll be asleep)
  • The length of your surgery will depend on why you are having your hysterectomy
  • Your surgeon will make an incision (cut) in your abdomen (stomach)
  • The incision may be horizontal along your bikini line or vertical from your navel (belly button) to your bikini line
  • They will remove your uterus and any other reproductive organs that may be causing symptoms
  • Your wound will be closed using stitches or staples
  • There may be a drainage tube in your wound that will be removed before you leave hospital
  • Dressings may be used to cover and protect your wound
  • You may also have a catheter (tube that drains your urine from your bladder) in place that will also be removed the day after surgery.

Laparoscopic (keyhole) hysterectomy in Cheltenham

  • A laparoscopic hysterectomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes from 60 - 90 minutes
  • Your surgeon will make several small incisions (cuts) in your abdomen (stomach)
  • So your surgeon has room to work your abdomen will be inflated with carbon dioxide gas
  • Surgical instruments and a long, thin tube connected to a light and camera will be inserted in the incisions in your abdomen
  • Your surgeon will also make a small incision around your cervix and use instruments to remove your womb and cervix through your vagina
  • Your wounds will be closed with stitches or staples.

Will it take long to recover?

  • Most women make a good recovery from a hysterectomy in 6 - 8 weeks
  • Your length of stay in hospital and recovery time will depend on your own situation and the type of hysterectomy you have
  • You may need to stay in hospital for a few nights
  • We will encourage you to get out of bed and take short walks as soon as possible following your surgery
  • You will be given pain relief medication but be sure to let us know if you are still experiencing any discomfort
  • Once we discharge you, somebody will need to take you home
  • Your may be sore and suffer some bruising, which is perfectly normal
  • You should rest and limit your activity. Avoid strenuous activity and any heavy lifting
  • Take any pain relief medications as prescribed
  • Move around at home several times per day to avoid the formation of blood clots
  • Be sure and discuss any return to work with your consultant.

Are there any risks?

As with any surgical procedure, there could be complications. Your consultant in Cheltenham will talk you through any possible risks or complications before your surgery.

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