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Unity Hospital provides comprehensive gynecologic services from physicians and staff who are committed to serving women's special health care needs. Many procedures that previously required inpatient care are now offered in an outpatient setting. These may include microsurgery, laser surgery, laparoscopy, pelviscopy and laparoscopic-assisted hysterectomy. If you need to stay overnight, nurses with expertise in the special health needs of women will provide your care in a unit especially designed to meet your needs.

Prepare Yourself for Surgery

If your physician has scheduled you for a hysterectomy and/or bladder repair, you will want to prepare yourself as much as possible. This is why our doctors strongly recommend that you take the opportunity to attend a pre-operative information class held by Karen Van Hatten, R.N. and Gyn Educator, at Unity Hospital.

This is a valuable time to get together and learn about the days before surgery through your recovery period. The class is very informal and you are encouraged to bring a family member or friend with you. We will cover the following topics:

  • Terminology, anatomy
  • Getting ready for surgery
  • Packing your suitcase
  • A walk-through of the day of surgery
  • Second post-op day through discharge
  • Going home
  • Bladder repairs
  • Questions and answers

Your clinic has a schedule of classes. To register, call Karen's voice mail number, 763-236-3429, and leave your name, phone number, physician's name, surgery date and the date you would like to attend. Please also feel free to leave a message with any other questions you may have. The class is held in Cafeteria Conference Room 2 at Unity. Come in the visitor's entrance and follow the signs from the Information Desk.

Menopause Resources


The Hormone Foundation – This is the public information affiliate of the Endocrine Society. It provides information on a variety of topics affecting women, from menopause to osteoporosis, and includes links to the latest news stories about hormone replacement therapy.

Healthy Woman – This website, which was developed to inform women about a new line of dietary supplements developed under the name "HEALTHY WOMAN™," provides information about soy-based products and facts about soy and bone health.

The North American Menopause Society – For information on perimenopause, early menopause, menopause symptoms, the long-term health effects of estrogen loss, and a wide variety of therapies to enhance health, check out this extensive and informative site.

The National Women's Health Information Center – This government-sponsored website offers the latest news on hormone replacement therapy and provides answers to frequently asked questions about menopause, osteoporosis and aging.

Osteoporosis and Bone-Related Diseases – National Resource Center – Looking for basic information about osteoporosis and links to other sites that discuss menopause and osteoporosis? Check out this National Institutes of Health site, which provides fact sheets, research updates, and news.


Menopause Guidebook: Helping Women Make Informed Healthcare Decisions through Perimenopause and Beyond – from the North American Menopause Society. Available online at The North American Menopause Society.

Questions and Answers: Use of Hormones After Menopause – Available online at The National Cancer Institute.

Midlife Transitions: A Guide to Approaching Menopause – From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Available free from ACOG's Resource Center202-863-2518 or via email