By Jessie Knadler
You didn't see it coming. You didn't even feel it land — until a split second
later when you suddenly realize you've had the wind knocked out of you. What
just hit you? Someone's nasty comment, and it's cut you to the core.
Sometimes a faultfinder disguises her disapproval as a quasi-compliment:
"I would have never had the courage to talk to my boss the way you
did." Other times, a jab takes the form of a cautionary tale: "You're
going on a cruise? I still get nightmares...
What type of hysterectomy is usually done for the
problem you have?
Do you need to have your ovaries
How long will the surgery take? Will you be asleep during
surgery? How will your pain be treated after surgery? When will you be able to
get out of bed, go home, return to your usual activities, resume
What are the side effects, complications, and risks of the
Are there any pamphlets you can read that explain the
procedure? Can you talk with other women who have had this surgery?
The hospital or surgery center may send you instructions on how to
get ready for your surgery. Or a nurse may call you with instructions before
Right after surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where
nurses will care for and observe you. You will likely stay in the recovery
area for 1 to 4 hours, and then you will be moved to a hospital room. In
addition to telling you about any special instructions from your doctor, your nurse will explain
information to help you in your recovery.