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Prior to hysterectomy, your doctor should review with you the procedure along with its risks and benefits and discuss any 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 surgery. If appropriate, endometrial biopsy (sampling of tissue inside the uterus) may be done to determine whether cancer or another abnormality 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 procedure.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/30/2014
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