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What You Should Know About Hysterectomy

Life After Hysterecotmy

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Updated June 11, 2014

If your doctor has told you that may have told you that you need a hysterectomy. Find out the things you will want to consider before you make a decision about having a hysterectomy.

Make sure you understand all of your treatment options and the risks and benefits of each. Then you can work with your doctor to choose the best treatment for you.

A hysterectomy may be done to relieve symptoms caused by several conditions, including:

Like other operations, hysterectomy involves both risks and benefits. As with any surgery, there is some risk associated with the anesthesia and the operation itself.

After surgery, you will need to take it easy for several weeks. You will need help with household chores, shopping, and carrying things. If you have small children, you will need help caring for them.

Having a hysterectomy means that your periods will stop for good, and you will be unable to become pregnant. If your ovaries are removed, you may have symptoms associated with menopause.

If your doctor recommends that you have a hysterectomy, you will want to get as much information as possible before you make a decision. Be sure to ask the doctor about your other treatment options, including the benefits and risks of both surgical and nonsurgical alternatives to hysterectomy.

Living with a noncancerous uterine condition can be painful, embarrassing, frightening, exhausting, and sometimes dangerous. There is no need for you to suffer. Treatments are available, and in many cases you need not give up your ability to become pregnant. Hysterectomy is not always the only--or even the best--option.

Deciding on the treatment that is right for you should be done in partnership with your doctor and your family. It is always a good idea to discuss your options with more than one doctor. And, it is important to let those who care about you know that you will need support and help while you are being treated. Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Hysterectomy

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Source: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)

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