hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus, and usually the cervix, through a
cut (incision) in the lower belly. The ovaries and fallopian tubes also may be
The doctor may do the surgery through a side-to-side
(horizontal) incision called a "bikini cut" at the pubic hairline. Or the
incision may be up and down (vertical) between the belly button and the pubic
bone. Either type of incision leaves a scar that usually fades with
After the surgery, you will no longer have periods or be
able to get pregnant. Your doctor may recommend that you take hormones if your
ovaries were removed. Your doctor will talk to you about the risks and benefits
of hormones and how long to take them.
A hysterectomy probably
will not lower your interest in sex. In fact, some women enjoy sex more when
they no longer have to worry about birth control or heavy bleeding.
Most women go home in 1 to 2 days. You will likely feel better each day. But you may need about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Having surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and
how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
February 25, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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