Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Your Experience
Talk to your health care provider about how to get ready for your surgery. Your health care providers will talk with you about what to expect as surgery draws near. Keep in mind that your experience may differ from that of other women you know.
Before the day of surgery
Your instructions may include the following:
- Stop taking certain medications (including aspirin) for as many days before surgery as directed.
- If you smoke, stop as long as possible before surgery.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. This includes chewing gum and mints.
- Arrange ahead of time for a ride home from the hospital or surgery center.
- If it is prescribed, take medication to clean out your bowels the day before surgery. Your health care provider can give you more details about this.
On the day of surgery
You'll change into a gown. You'll then be prepped for your procedure:
- The anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will discuss anesthesia with you and answer any questions you have.
- Some pubic hair may be shaved.
- An IV (intravenous) line will be put into your arm or hand. This line supplies you with medications and fluids before, during, and after surgery.
- You may be given medication that helps you relax. You will then be given general anesthesia to make you sleep and keep you free from pain during surgery.
Risks and complications of laparoscopic hysterectomy
Once you understand these risks, you will be asked to sign a consent form. Risks and possible complications include:
- Side effects from anesthesia
- Bleeding, with a possible need for a transfusion
- Blood clots
- Damage to the bladder, bowel, ureters, or nearby nerves or blood vessels
- Formation of scar tissue that may cause pain or bowel obstruction in the future (more common with abdominal approach)
- Need for a second surgery