Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before a Hysterectomy

Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before a Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a very common form of surgery performed on women around the world. As a patient, you may have your own doubts and fears about the whole surgical process. This article will help you get answers to all your doubts and prepare yourself to face the surgery.
HerHaleness Staff
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2017
We often hear about people visiting their doctor for a medical test and ending up with instructions for an urgent surgery to cure their health problem. One common surgery performed on women is known as hysterectomy. Hysterectomy is required to be performed if a woman has been experiencing any of the following conditions, viz. excruciating physical pain due to presence of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, uterine prolapse, adenomyosis and cancerous growth in any or all reproductive organs. If you are scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy surgery, it is quite natural for you to feel extremely anxious about the surgery, the physical pain and the post-surgery recuperation. On account of this anxiety, you may forget to seek answers to some important questions about hysterectomy from your surgeon. After all, it is essential for you to have a crystal clear idea about your surgery and its effects before you go under the doctor's knife.
Hysterectomy: Questions for Your Surgeon
Initial Questions
  • What is the nature of the problem with my uterus?
  • Is it possible to cure the problem without opting for a surgery?
  • Can onset of menopause reduce my health problems?
  • Are there any home remedies to take care of my health problems?
  • Are there any options that can help avoid surgery?
  • Will the surgery temporarily treat or completely cure my health problem?
About the Surgery
  • Are there any tests required prior to the surgery?
  • What are the dietary restrictions to be followed prior to the surgery?
  • Is my surgery going to be abdominal, vaginal or laparoscopic?
  • Is my surgery going to be a radical, complete, or partial hysterectomy?
  • Is the surgery life-threatening?
  • Are there any chances of complications during the surgery?
  • Which organs in my body need to be removed?
  • Will I be losing a lot of blood?
  • Do I need to seek donated blood?
  • What is the duration of the surgery?
  • What is the total cost of the surgery?
  • What is the total cost of medicines to be purchased?
  • Where is the surgery going to take place?
  • What is the proposed time and date of the surgery?
  • What is the documentation needed before the surgery?
  • What is the duration of the total hospital stay for hysterectomy?
About the Surgeons
  • Do you and the rest of the surgical team accept my health insurance policy? (Mention the name of insurance company)
  • How many surgeons will be present at the time of the surgery?
  • How many hysterectomy surgeries have been performed by you and the rest of the surgical team?
  • What is the success rate of your surgeries?
Post-Surgery
  • What is the estimated time of recovery after the surgery?
  • How soon will the stitches heal?
  • How intense would be the pain after the surgery?
  • Will I be getting any therapy after the surgery?
  • Do I need to get a biopsy done after the surgery?
  • How soon will the biopsy reports arrive?
  • Would I require to undergo more surgeries in the future?
  • What is the diet recommended after the surgery?
  • How long will I need to keep away from swimming and bathing after the surgery?
  • Do I need to use a pap smear after the surgery?
Health Complications
  • Will I be facing a rapid change in my hormone levels after the surgery?
  • How will the hormonal change affect my life?
  • Will I get menopausal symptoms after the surgery?
  • Am I likely to get osteoporosis after the surgery?
  • Will hysterectomy speed up my aging process in any way?
  • When shall it be safe to have sexual intercourse after the surgery?
  • Are there any chances of having children after my hysterectomy?
  • What are the options available for having healthy children after the surgery?
  • Is it safe to engage in outdoor sports activities after the surgery?
  • What side effects can be expected after the surgery?
Finally, I advise you to read as much as you can about hysterectomy before your surgery. Refer to specialists and seek second opinions if you feel that there are chances to avoid a surgery. If you do wish to continue with the surgical option, make sure to follow all the advice and precautions expressed by your gynecologist.