hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus, and usually the cervix, through a
cut (incision) in the vagina. The ovaries and fallopian tubes also may be
After the surgery, you will no longer have periods or be
able to get pregnant. Your doctor may recommend that you take hormone pills if
your ovaries were removed. Your doctor will talk to you about the risks and
benefits of hormones and how long to take them.
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
Some women go home the day of surgery and some will stay in the hospital 1 to 2 days after surgery. You
may feel better each day, but you will probably need about 4 to 6 weeks to
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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