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Why would i need to have a pelvic exam, if i have hada complete hystorectomy?

I had a complete hystirectomy over a year ago. i recently recieved a appt reminder card to make an appt with GYN. What is there for them to check... no cervix, no uterus, no tubes.... nothing!

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Asked by Teresa2266 at 8:02 PM on Feb. 2, 2011 in Health

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  • lol, good point! Maybe they did it automatically without realizing what they did. I'd call and ask them why.

    Answer by admckenzie at 8:05 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Yes you do. 3 of my aunts had complete hysterectomies and they still have yearly physicals.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:10 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • ok but why??? There is nothing there for them to exam....right?

    Comment by Teresa2266 (original poster) at 10:34 PM on Feb. 2, 2011

  • Pelvic exams do serve a purpose even in post-hysterectomy women. Most important, if your cervix was not removed, you still need a yearly Pap smear to check for possible cervical cancer cells. But even if the cervix was removed with the rest of the uterus, the pelvic exam is a good way for your doctor to examine the pelvis internally for masses. There are (rarely) forms of gynecologic cancers that can arise even after the uterus and ovaries are removed. So while the most important part of the pelvic exam is the Pap smear, the internal examination is also useful, although not quite as necessary.


    Answer by Jademom07 at 6:43 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

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