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Prior to considering a hysterectomy, your doctor should review both the attendant risks and benefits if the procedure, and discuss any appropriate alternative treatment options. A thorough physical examination, including blood tests, is necessary prior to surgery. In some cases, imaging studies (such as ultrasound, CT, or MRI scans) will be carried out prior to the procedure. If appropriate, an endometrial biopsy (sampling of tissue inside the uterus) may be done to rule out cancer or a precancerous condition of the uterine lining is present.
Depending upon the type of procedure chosen and the type of anesthesia, further preparations may include fasting prior to the operation.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2015
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