When considering a hysterectomy, ask your health professional:
What other treatments are available? Will they
cure your problem or do they only relieve the symptoms?
can you wait before treating the problem? Will it get worse without
What are the risks and benefits of each
Are there any materials, such as videos or pamphlets,
available that can help you make a decision about whether to have a
If you are told you need a hysterectomy, ask:
What type of hysterectomy is usually done for the
problem you have?
Do you need to have your ovaries
How long will the surgery take? Will you be asleep during
surgery? How will your pain be treated after surgery? When will you be able to
get out of bed, go home, return to your usual activities, resume
What are the side effects, complications, and risks of the
Are there any pamphlets you can read that explain the
procedure? Can you talk with other women who have had this surgery?
The hospital or surgery center may send you instructions on how to
get ready for your surgery. Or a nurse may call you with instructions before
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where
nurses will care for and observe you. You will likely stay in the recovery
area for 1 to 4 hours, and then you will be moved to a hospital room. In
addition to telling you about any special instructions from your doctor, your nurse will explain
information to help you in your recovery.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.