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How will the patient feel after hysterectomy?

The most frequent response to the question of how sex and orgasm are a year after hysterectomy is that there is no change in the way they feel orgasm. Some women report that they are able to enjoy sex more since they no longer have a problem that interferes with sex. Others report no change. A small number of women have less interest in sex. Other women say that orgasm is better and more intense now that they've had a hysterectomy (don't ask my why).

Strong painkillers are prescribed for the first few days following surgery. A woman is encouraged to be mobile within 24 hours of surgery and can expect to be eating and drinking during this time also. Most women stay in hospital for between three and five days following a routine hysterectomy.

It is advisable to plan four to six weeks of convalescence following a hysterectomy although the recovery time will vary from one woman to the next. The recovery time is often shorter if a vaginal hysterectomy or LAVH has been performed compared to an abdominal hysterectomy. The recovery time is longest following a radical hysterectomy.

The emotional response after a hysterectomy will vary widely from one woman to the next, often depending on the reason for the operation. Occasionally, there will be a feeling of relief that the monthly pain and inconvenience of periods is a thing of the past with the sensation that she can now get on with her life in a more positive manner. Women who have been diagnosed with cancer are frequently and very understandably anxious that the surgery will have been successful and may be concerned about the necessity of other forms of treatment aimed at preventing a recurrence.

For some women there is a sensation of loss, that the place where their children developed and were born from is now gone forever. Whatever the emotional response, it is advisable that the woman talks it over with someone in whom she can confide, whether it is a relative, her gynaecologist, nurse or a friend.

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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