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Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Mar;53(1):26-39. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181cd4065.

Vaginal hysterectomy for the prolapsed uterus.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Urogynecology, UMass Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.


Although most gynecologists are comfortable performing vaginal hysterectomy in the patient without significant uterovaginal prolapse, vaginal hysterectomy for the prolapsed uterus poses unique challenges and requires an increased awareness of deviations in pelvic anatomy that may result. This review article discusses the background of vaginal hysterectomy performed for uterovaginal prolapse, the pathophysiology of uterovaginal prolapse, preoperative assessment of the patient with uterovaginal prolapse, surgical technique, ureteral anatomy, techniques to avoid injury to the ureter at the time of vaginal hysterectomy for uterovaginal prolapse, and other relevant considerations.

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