Frequently Asked Questions1. A Hysterectomy? What is it?
2. A Hysterectomy? What Kind?
3. Frightened and Anxious?
4. Go to doctor appointment with her?
5. How can the rest of the family and friends help?
6. How to Prepare the Room?
7. Is a Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Best?
8. Light housework? What is that?
9. No Libido?
10. Post-op bleeding?
11. SEX! When can we get back to normal?
12. Swelly belly? Tender belly?
13. Trouble getting out of bed?
14. What Type of Surgeon for Cancer?
15. When can she cook?
16. Why Does She Need a Second Opinion?
17. Why is my wife not feeling better?
* A Hysterectomy? What is it?
What is a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove the uterus (womb). Most hysterectomies are not emergency operations, so there is usually time to plan and research all the options.
Functions of the uterus and ovaries:
"The uterus cradles and nourishes a fetus from conception to birth, and aids in the delivery of the baby. It also produces the monthly menstrual flow, or period.
"The ovaries have two major functions. One is the production of eggs or ova, which permit childbearing. The second is the production of hormones or chemicals which regulate menstruation and other aspects of health and well-being, including sexual well-being.
"If the egg that is released during a woman's normal monthly cycle is not fertilized, the lining of the uterus is shed by bleeding (menstruation).
"After a hysterectomy, a woman can no longer have children and menstruation stops. The ovaries generally continue to produce hormones, although in some cases they may have reduced activity.
"Some hysterectomies also include removal of the ovaries, so the supply of essential female hormones is greatly reduced."
Reasons why your wife may be recommended to have a hysterectomy fall into three categories:
to save lives;
to correct serious problems that interfere with normal functions;
to improve the quality of life.