Here’s an article I found on the Mayo Clinic website, which has some suggestions on preparing for your surgery.
How you prepare
It’s normal to feel anxious about having a hysterectomy. Here’s what you can do to prepare:
- Gather information. Before surgery, get all the information you need to feel confident about your decision to have a hysterectomy. Ask your doctor and surgeon questions. Learn about the procedure, including all the steps involved if it makes you feel more comfortable.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions about medication. Find out whether you should change your usual medication routine in the days leading up to your hysterectomy. Be sure to tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements or herbal preparations that you’re taking.
- Discuss what type of anesthesia you’ll have. Abdominal hysterectomy requires you to have general anesthesia, which makes you unconscious during surgery.
- Plan for a hospital stay. How long you’ll be in the hospital depends on what type of hysterectomy you have and what your doctor recommends. Generally, abdominal hysterectomy requires a hospital stay of at least one to two days.
- Arrange for help. Full recovery could take several weeks. Your doctor may recommend restricting your activities during your recovery, such as avoiding driving or lifting heavy objects. Arrange for help at home if you think you’ll need it.
Looks like some pretty good advice in general. For me, of course, I didn’t have the luxury of finding out much information before surgery as everything happened so quickly. This was a bit challenging for me at first as I tend to be someone who researches the crap out of stuff when I’m exploring something new. When I arrived home from surgery, and actually had the attention span to sit at the computer, I begin my research into hysterectomy surgery. I struggled to find good information easily at first, that’s why I have started this blog. I hope this will eventually become a place where you can find what you’re looking for regarding this surgery.
For those who have had a hysterectomy, what else would you add to this list? And for those who are preparing for a hysterectomy, I wish you all the best!