Obstetrics and Gynecology
A uterine prolapse is a condition that often affects women after several births or after the first symptoms of the menopause.
Who is this kind of treatment for?
If you have any of the following symptoms you could be suffering from a uterine prolapse;
– A sensation of heaviness
– You notice a pulling in your pelvis
– If you see tissue protruding from your vagina.
– Urinary problems
– A feeling of vaginal muscle distension.
How is the treatment performed?
The severity of this condition will determine the treatment to be followed.
For example, in a mild case you may not have very pronounced symptoms and your gynecologist may recommend the use of a pessary and pelvic exercises. If it is a serious case, you may need surgical intervention to reconstruct the pelvic floor tissue or, in the most serious cases, a hysterectomy may be required.
A hysterectomy is usually performed under general anaesthesia and typically takes 60-90 minutes.
Hysterectomy may be:
Partial, total or radical.
In a partial hysterectomy, only the uterus is removed.
For a total hysterectomy, the uterus and the cervix are removed.
With a radical hysterectomy, the uterus and the cervix, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries and even part of the vagina are removed.
What is the result of the treatment?
This surgery should resolve all of your symptoms.
What recovery time do I need in Spain?
If you are able to stay in Spain during the whole recovery process you should stay here for about 1 month to monitor your progress and to achieve a full recovery.
- Check that you have prepared all the personal documentation (credit card, cash, passport, Identity Card…), medical (reports, prescriptions, images…) and travel (confirmation of accommodation booking, travel tickets…)
- If you take medication of any kind not related to the surgery, do not forget to take with you the necessary amount for your stay in Spain, as well as the medical prescription that will allow you to travel with it without problems.
- Once you are in Spain, you will have to make an appointment with your specialist. During this visit, the doctor will open your medical record (for which you will be asked to provide all your medical documentation), perform a physical examination and tell you if any further tests are needed to confirm the diagnosis.
- If it is not necessary and everything is confirmed, your doctor will tell you when you must go to the preoperative study and will confirm the time of admission for the day of your surgery.
- If the surgeon has told you to stop taking any medication a few days before the surgery, such as anticoagulants, please do not forget to follow the exact instructions given by the doctor or you will not be able to have the operation!
- After a hysterectomy, you cannot use tampons or insert anything into the vaginal canal for at least 6 weeks, this includes vaginal douches. You must not swim or take baths, but you may shower. You must not have sexual intercourse for at least 6 to 12 weeks after surgery to allow yourself to heal fully, before resuming sexual activity you must consult your doctor.
- You should avoid heavy lifting (no more than 3.5kg), overexerting yourself or doing exercises such as running, jumping, sit ups or weightlifting, you should also avoid impact sports. Ask your doctor for advice as to when you can start walking up and down stairs as this will vary depending on the type of hysterectomy undergone.
- You can take short walks and do some light household chores. Start to increase your physical activity little by little, following the indications given by your doctor.
- You should not drive for 2 to 3 weeks, especially if taking narcotic pain medication. Long car, train or airplane journeys should also be avoided for the first month after surgery.
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