Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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?

* How to Prepare the Room?

I've heard that we need to prepare the recovery room for my wife. How? What changes need to be made? Do I need hospital furniture and a fancy bed that goes up and down?

Your wife is going to be spending alot of time the first few days, maybe a week or two, in her recovery room. It needs to start off clean. No need for a special hospital bed but you could be on the look out for a rolling cart to put next to her bed for magazines, water, a book or two.

The few days before surgery, help her get the room where she will be sleeping cleaned with fresh sheets on the bed. Clean off the nightstand to make room for items she will need: a lamp, the phone, the remote control, room enough for glass of water or juice. Extra pillows are a good idea. Yes, its time to share the remote control!

The main thing is convenience to the patient and making things as easy as possible for her.

One Hyster Sisters reported: "I had to camp out upstairs in our bedroom. After the first few days home and my husband headed back to work, my husband crawled through the garage and brought in our ice chest. He filled it with ice, juice, water bottles, fruit and a few snacks before he left for work in the morning. I had my picnic right there beside my bed so I didnt' have to climb up and down stairs without help. What a guy!"