Gynaecology Services - Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy has special significance for many women. For some it may conflict with traditional concepts of fertility and motherhood, while for others it represents a loss of part of their body or fear of the unknown. These fears and concerns need to be recognised and taken seriously.
Research shows that women who have sufficient information about hysterectomy, and are able to decide for themselves whether they have the operation, are more likely to make a speedy recovery.
Every woman should be in a position to make a fully informed decision by weighing the positive and negative aspects of the procedure and considering other options that may be available to her.
This webpage is designed to supplement advice given by your Doctor, Nurse, Physiotherapist or Educator. The advice given is from different members of our team at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. We have tried to cover all the areas you might have questions about, whether it is about the kind of surgery you’re having; what will happen during your stay in hospital; or about your recovery after you have gone home.
Please feel free to ask if there is anything you don’t understand or if there is something worrying you.
In order to make a fully informed decision, it is important that you understand all the information that is given to you by your Doctor. Ask the Doctor why a hysterectomy has been suggested to you and what are the other options. This way you can make the best decision for you, knowing you’ve had a chance to look at all the options.
Some women find it empowering and supportive to take another person along to the Doctor’s appointment. It enables the support person to hear and understand the information given and may help you clarify any concerns you may have.
If in doubt - ask!
Acknowledgements & Source
The information in this page has been drawn from a variety of sources, primarily the following books:
Sandra Coney and Lynn Potter (Heinemann Reed 1990)
Hysterectomy Information Package
Southern Canterbury Women’s Wellness Centre
Staff at Christchurch Women's Hospital
So You're Having a Hysterectomy
Megan Gressor (Gore & Osment Publications)
Some illustrations by Marisa Swanink
Cervical Cancer: A book for Every Woman.