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?

* Is a Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Best?

I've heard about minimally invasive surgeries. Are they better?

Ten years ago, the standard of hysterectomy was typically an open incision - an abdominal hysterectomy.

Today, with new medical devices available and more and more doctors trained and with plenty of experience, most patients are candidates for minimally invasive surgery.

The difference is two-fold.

First, the decision of "what kind of hysterectomy" is made with the comfort level of the doctor. If your wife's surgeon does not typically offer a minimally invasive surgery, it is always best to find a surgeon with minimally invasive skills.

Second, the decision may be determined by your wife's health condition. While minimally invasive is typically easier on the patient, there are rare conditions that require an open incision.

Most hysterectomies in the HysterSisters community are minimally invasive surgeries. The women recover faster, have less blood loss and are able to get back to their normal lives faster.