What happens before surgery?

Before your operation, you will have some tests to prepare you for surgery. These tests are usually done a few days or weeks beforehand at a pre-assessment clinic. A member of the surgical team and a specialist nurse will discuss the operation with you. Make sure you tell them any questions or concerns that you have.

You’ll usually be admitted to hospital the morning of your operation. The doctor who gives you your anaesthetic (the anaesthetist) will normally visit you.

You’ll be given special elastic stockings (TED stockings) to wear during and after the operation to prevent blood clots forming in your legs. If you smoke, try to give up or cut down before your operation. This will help reduce your risk of chest problems, such as a chest infection. It will also help your wound to heal after the operation.

Your GP can give you advice and you may find it helpful to read our information about giving up smoking.

Enhanced Recovery Programmes (ERP)

Some hospitals follow an enhanced recovery programme. This aims to reduce the time you spend in hospital, speed up your recovery and involve you more in your own care. For example, you may be given information about diet and exercise before surgery, and any arrangements needed for you to go home may be put in place. Your doctor will tell you if an enhanced recovery programme is suitable for you and if it’s available.

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Surgery for womb cancer

Surgery is the main treatment for womb cancer. There are different types of surgery that may be used.

Who might I meet?

A team of specialists will plan your surgery. This will include a surgeon who specialises in your type of cancer.

What happens after surgery?

You are monitored very closely after your operation. Your nurse will give you more advice before you go home.