Hysterectomy FAQs


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?

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).

Do I have any options other than surgery?

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.

What lies in the place of the uterus when it is no longer there?

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.

How can I best prepare for a hysterectomy?

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

What should I take into hospital?

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.

What should I do when I leave hospital?

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.

When can I go back to work?

Most women will be able to go back to work at about six weeks after the operation.

What about sex?

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.


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