This fourteen-page illustrated handout helps women prepare for a hysterectomy, which is surgery to remove the uterus, one of the organs of the female reproductive system. It explains that after the uterus is removed, a woman can no longer have children, and she will no longer menstruate. Different types of hysterectomy surgeries are discussed, with brief explanations of vaginal, abdominal, laparoscopic, and robotic hysterectomies. The document specifies what the patient will need to do to prepare, and describes what will happen during the surgery. It discusses care in the hospital immediately after the surgery, as well as home care, activity limits, and other post-surgical issues. It identifies those symptoms for which a doctor should be called immediately, clarifying those for which to call 911.
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