A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. There are several types of hysterectomies to choose from, using different incisions. In addition, an oophorectomy, or surgery to remove the ovaries is often combined with a hysterectomy.
If the variety of procedures wasn't confusing enough, there are also multiple alternatives to a hysterectomy, including less invasive outpatient surgical procedures that leave the uterus intact and medication.
This list of questions to ask your surgeon is designed to help you choose the right procedure, or alternative to surgery, for you. Each woman and situation is different, so not all of the questions will be appropriate for you.
You can even print this list and use it as a reference during your consultation with your surgeon.
After reading through this list, you may have additional questions to add. It is always a good idea to write your questions down, as it is easy to forget them when you are sitting in the doctor's office.
Questions About Alternatives to Hysterectomy
If I would like to have children, what alternatives to hysterectomy are appropriate at this time?
I am not interested in having children. What alternatives to hysterectomy are available?
Are there any procedures that will help me but leave my uterus intact?
What non-surgical alternatives are currently available?
Will this condition resolve without surgery at some point?
I’m nearing menopause. Will menopause improve my symptoms without surgery?
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