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Recovery after a hysterectomy

Recovery after a hysterectomy takes time. Immediately after a hysterectomy, you will stay in the hospital from 1 to 2 days for postsurgery care. Some women may stay in the hospital up to 4 days depending on their recovery from surgery. About 4 to 6 weeks after the hysterectomy, your doctor will examine you in his or her office. You should be able to return to all of your normal activities, including having sexual intercourse, in about 6 to 8 weeks.

At home, you may resume your normal diet, as tolerated. You may take a bath or shower. Wash the incision with soap and water (the stitches do not have to be removed, as they will dissolve in about 6 weeks). A dressing over the incision is not necessary. If skin clips (staples) were used, they will need to be removed by your health care provider. You may use lotions and cremes on the skin around the incision to relieve itching. Increase your activity gradually every day, when you feel capable and aren't in pain. Completely normal activities can be resumed within 4 to 6 weeks or sooner if the procedure was performed vaginally. Drive when you feel capable -- about 2 weeks after surgery. You can travel out of town 3 weeks after surgery, including air travel. Avoid lifting heavy objects (over 10 pounds) for at least 4 weeks. Do not douche or put anything into the vagina for 4 weeks. You may have intercourse 4 weeks after surgery, or as directed by your health care provider. Light swimming is permitted 2 weeks after surgery in a swimming pool, but avoid vigorous swimming until 4 weeks after surgery. Resume your exercise routine in 4 to 6 weeks, depending on how you feel. Your doctor can tell you when it's best to go back to work. You can usually go back to work in 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the procedure.

More information on hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy? - A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus (womb). A total hysterectomy is the most common operation and this means removal of the uterus and cervix.
When is a hysterectomy necessary? - A hysterectomy is nearly always necessary if a diagnosis of cancer of the cervix or cancer of the uterus is made and is usually recommended if there is ovarian cancer.
What are the hysterectomy procedures? - In a total hysterectomy, the uterus and the cervix are removed. This is the most common kind of hysterectomy, usually performed for uterine and cervical cancer.
How will the patient feel after hysterectomy? - The emotional response after a hysterectomy varies depending on the reason for the operation. For some women there is a sensation of loss, Strong painkillers are prescribed for the first few days following surgery.
What are the risks of hysterectomy operation? - Hysterectomy is generally very safe. Such complications of hysterectomy include blood clots, infection, excessive bleeding or an adverse reaction to the anesthesia.
What is abdominal hysterectomy? - The advantages of an abdominal hysterectomy are that the uterus can be removed even if a woman has internal scarring (adhesions) from previous surgery or her fibroids are large.
What is vaginal hysterectomy? - With a vaginal hysterectomy, the surgeon makes an incision near the top of the vagina. The advantages of hysterectomy are that it leaves no visible scar and is less painful.
What is radical hysterectomy? - Radical hysterectomies are performed on women with cervical cancer or endometrial cancer that has spread to the cervix.
What are the alternatives to hysterectomy? - It is recommended that women consider hysterectomy as a procedure of last resort, when all other treatment options have failed. Other options include medications, endometrial ablation, uterine artery embolization.
Will hysterectomy affect sexuality? - Every person reacts differently, and reactions are a combination of emotional and physical responses. Loss of hormones can cause vaginal dryness and make sex uncomfortable.
Recovery after a hysterectomy - Recovery after a hysterectomy takes time. Increase your activity gradually every day, when you feel capable and aren't in pain.
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