This article by a gynaecology expert answers questions such as "Do I have any other options?" and "When can I go back to work?".
- How will the procedure improve my life?
- Do I have any options other than surgery?
- What lies in the place of the uterus when it is no longer there?
- How can I best prepare for a hysterectomy?
- What should I take into hospital?
- What should I do when I leave hospital?
- When can I go back to work?
- What about sex?
When you are talking to the gynaecologist it is important to know what outcome you want from the operation and whether the operation will achieve this (e.g. if you don’t want to have painful, heavy periods any more).
It is important to discuss the options with your gynaecologist as, for example, a Mirena coil may be the best option for your heavy periods.
The normal size of the womb is 7cm x 5cm x 3cm, however it can be very large when there are fibroids present. When the womb is removed the bowel will take up the space it occupied. There will not be an empty space.
It is important to be as fit as possible prior to surgery and therefore, if possible, it is beneficial to stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, do regular exercise and lose weight if you are overweight
It is sensible to take a change of night clothes and comfortable day clothes, toiletries and sanitary pads, any medication that you may be taking, books and magazines etc.
For the first one – two weeks it useful to have help at home. You should avoid any heavy housework. Some gentle exercise such as a short walk is beneficial.
Most women will be able to go back to work at about six weeks after the operation.
Sex should not feel any different to you or your partner. It is usually all right to start having sex again after the six week check.
For more detailed information about the different types of hysterectomy and which procedure might be best for you, please click here.