Types of pelvic surgery

Surgery affecting your vulva, vagina or pelvic organs can be necessary for many reasons, the main two being childbirth and cancer. People also choose to have cosmetic surgical procedures. 

Hysterectomy survival kit

A hysterectomy is a major surgery for any woman, so prepare yourself with some top tips from those who have come before you.

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LEEP excision (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)

LEEP is a surgical procedure to remove the top layer of cells from the cervix, which can be affected by precancerous changes caused by HPV. The sample is then tested for cellular changes associated with cervical cancer.

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Monsplasty

A monsplasty is the removal of fat or skin from the mons pubis for cosmetic reasons, with the procedure very rarely performed for medical reasons.

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Sacrocolpopexy – mesh implants for prolapse

This is the surgery to implant mesh into the vagina and pelvis to hold internal organs and the vagina in place.

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The robotic da Vinci sacrocolpopexy surgery (for uterine or vaginal prolapse)

This procedure involves inserting mesh in a pelvic surgery using a specialised robot, with a surgical team present.

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Prolapse repair surgery

We explain one prolapse repair surgery.

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Help prevent an episiotomy (cut) during birth

There are no guarantees when it comes to preventing tears and an episiotomy during childbirth, but you can certainly up your chances of staying intact.

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AP resection and your vagina

An AP resection is surgery to remove part of your colon and vagina, which then requires reconstructive surgery to make your vagina and bowel (if possible) functional.

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The radical cystectomy

This procedure removes the bladder, uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, the front wall of the vagina, and the urethra.

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Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the removal of at least the uterus, but can include the removal of the cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, ligaments, lymph nodes, and the top section of the vagina. A hysterectomy is a big surgery.

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Life after a pelvic exenteration (complete pelvic organ removal)

This procedure is the complete removal of all of your pelvic organs, usually due to extensive disease as a last resort.

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Common cancer treatments and how they affect sexuality and fertility

See what your treatment might have in store for you vaginally.

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Bladder exstrophy repair surgery

The surgical repair of a bladder exstrophy has two parts - the bladder repair and the pelvic bone repair.

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High-tech mesh for pelvic prolapse

A prolapse-correcting mesh is being developed in Australia that integrates with human tissue to become part of the body.

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Marsupialisation of a Bartholin (vestibular) gland cyst

This surgery involves cutting open a Bartholin's duct cyst, and suturing the walls to allow draining.

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Marsupialisation of a vaginal cyst

Marsupialisation is a surgical technique whereby a slit is cut into an cyst and the edges are sewn onto other skin to keep it open.

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Clitoridectomy

Clitoridectomy is the complete or partial removal of the clitoris, which may be a course of action it the clitoris is oversized and the owner makes the big decision to part with it.

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Clitoral hood surgery

This procedure is a regular labiaplasty, plus a reduction in the clitoral hood skin. The surgery involves reducing the size via removal of inner labia and parts of the clitoral hood, which may be excessive or present a medical issue.

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A serious chat about your flaps – understanding labiaplasty

Love 'em or hate 'em, your labia are yours, and you can have a labiaplasty if you want to! A long read about labiaplasty.

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Labiaplasty – labia minora or labia majora surgery

We provide a clear explanation of labiaplasty of the labia minora and majora, including the techniques used for surgery and what you can expect after surgery.

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Congenital vaginal obstruction

Congenital vaginal obstructions come in two forms, one being a structure deep in the vagina that blocks the whole vagina, or an hymen that completely covers the vaginal opening. Both are easily treated.

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Perineoplasty

The perineoplasty procedure is used to either tighten, loosen or cosmetically augment the perineal area between the anus and the vaginal opening.

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The vulvectomy

Vulvectomy is the surgical removal of all or parts of the vulva, as part of treating a disease that has not responded to other treatments. A vulvectomy is a serious operation where the inner and outer labia, clitoris, and lymph nodes of the groin are removed.

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