Make sure you fully understand the procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent.
Before you consent to this procedure it's imperative your doctor explains the common risks and benefits, as well as those particular to your circumstances.
You should also ask about:
- Other treatments to consider before having a hysterectomy
- Which type of hysterectomy is best for me and why?
- What route will you take (abdominal/vaginal/laparoscopic) and why?
- (If pre-menopausal) will the surgery induce menopause? Will I need to take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)?
- Are there likely to be other lifestyle implications, such as an effect on sexual function?
- The likely out-of-pocket medical expenses. (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you'll incur – this is known as Informed Financial Consent.)
- Follow-up appointments (write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your doctor)
Most medication should be taken as usual, but some may interfere with the operation. Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop. This could include:
- Aspirin (or any related products)
- Blood thinners (warfarin, heparin)
- Arthritis medication
- Pain medication
- Anti-inflammatory medication
Don’t forget to mention any homeopathic or herbal remedies you’re taking, as these can have interactions and side-effects too.