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What will happen after undergoing hysterectomy?

Your doctor will explain to you what this procedure implies and what results are expected based on your condition.

After a hysterectomy, you will spend time in the hospital briefly to recover from surgery. You will experience some pain, but you will receive medication to manage it. It is recommended to start walking as soon as you feel able, gradually increasing the distances. You will also experience bleeding and discharge for several weeks after the intervention, so you will need to use sanitary pads. Constipation is another effect you might experience after this procedure.

Recovery depends on the type of hysterectomy

Your recovery time at home, before getting back to all your everyday activities - will vary depending on what type of procedure you had.

  • Recovery after abdominal hysterectomy - most patients stay in the hospital for two to three days following this surgery, but full recovery takes six to eight weeks. During this time, it is important to rest at home. Walking is recommended, but not heavy lifting and no lifting at all for the first two weeks after the surgery. After six weeks, patients can go back to their normal activities, including sexual intercourse.
  • Recovery after vaginal or laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy -  this procedure is less invasive than the abdominal procedure, and recovery can be about two weeks with less pain, shorter hospitalization and the absence of a visible scar. Most patients can go home the same day or the next day after the procedure. Walking is recommended, heavy lifting is not. You will need to abstain from sexual intercourse with penetration for at least six weeks.
  • Recovery after laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy - it is the least invasive procedure with a six to fourteen days recovery period. Walking is recommended, heavy lifting must be avoided.

The postoperative check-up which usually takes place about six weeks after the hysterectomy, gives the opportunity for the patient to discuss her concerns and to get guidelines for her post-hysterectomy daily life.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/