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Modesty during Hysterectomy Surgery

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Modesty during hysterectomyI am shy about my body being exposed during my surgery. How will modesty be handled during my hysterectomy?

This is a natural reservation for many women. As one HysterSisters.com user put it, “this is what [surgeons] do every day, but not what you do every day!” Rest assured, however, that doctors and nurses are trained to handle modesty with the utmost professionalism, keeping your dignity intact.

Many hysterectomy patients share broadly similar experiences in regards to modesty:
  • They changed into their gown in a private room.
  • As needed (for shave/trim, IV, or shot), nurses uncovered only the areas that were necessary.
  • They transferred themselves from their gurney to the operating table before completely going under anesthesia. (One patient reported that they asked her to undo the back of her gown, at which point the male nurses looked away until she was again covered on the operating table.)
  • They woke up in their gown, covered with blankets, with the catheter in place.
  • They were appreciative of all the help they received from the hospital staff.

The shaving issue varies per patient. Some women have their hair trimmed along the top, others are shaved during surgery, and others aren’t shaved or trimmed at all. In all cases, it is handled with dignity and respect.

Under no circumstances should you elect to shave yourself or do any other prep work not ordered by the doctor.

The most important thing is to communicate with your doctor. Ask questions, detailed questions, well before your surgery. Express your concerns in detail, also. This open communication with your doctor will help you feel more secure on the day of the surgery.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-20-2012 - 06:01 AM


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