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Patient information leaflets

Our patient information leaflets are designed for you and others involved in your care. All the information comes from up-to-date and carefully checked guidance for doctors, but it’s been written in a way that makes it clearer for non-medical people. Find out more about how we produce our patient information leaflets.

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Endometrial ablation
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you have had, a type of operation to thin or remove your endometrium (the lining of the uterus or womb) in an effort to treat heavy periods. 
Published 22/10/2015
Abdominal hysterectomy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, an abdominal hysterectomy – an operation to remove your uterus (womb) through a cut in your tummy.
Published 22/10/2015
Recovering from surgical management of a miscarriage
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, surgical management of a miscarriage. 
Published 22/10/2015
Laparoscopy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or have had, a diagnostic laparoscopy and/or an operative laparoscopy where simple or intermediate procedures are performed.
Published 22/10/2015
Laparoscopic hysterectomy
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, a laparoscopic hysterectomy – an operation to remove your uterus (womb) by keyhole surgery.
Published 22/10/2015
Mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence
This information is for you if you are about to have, or you are recovering from, a mid-urethral sling operation for stress urinary incontinence.
Published 22/10/2015
Diagnosis and treatment of venous thrombosis in pregnancy and after birth
This patient information leaflet provides information on symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of venous thrombosis or pulmonary embolism in women who are pregnant or who have just given birth.
Published 06/08/2015
Reducing the risk of venous thrombosis in pregnancy and after birth
This patient information leaflet provides information about reducing the risk of venous thrombosis for women who are thinking about having a baby, who are already pregnant or who have just had a baby.
Published 06/08/2015
Understanding how risk is discussed in healthcare
This patient information leaflet provides advice on understanding how your doctor and other healthcare professionals will discuss risk with you. 
Published 04/08/2015
Chronic (long-term) pelvic pain
This patient information leaflet provides advice for women who have chronic (long-term) pelvic pain.
Published 24/07/2015

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