Recovering from a
hysterectomy takes time. You will stay in the hospital
for 1 to 2 days for postsurgery care. Some women stay in the hospital up to 4
Abdominal hysterectomy. As soon as
you feel strong enough, get up and around as much as you can. This helps
prevent problems after surgery like blood clots, pneumonia, and gas pains.
During the first 2 to 3 weeks, it is important to also get plenty of rest. Hold a pillow over your incision when you cough or take deep breaths. This will support your belly and decrease your pain.
will gradually be able to increase your activities. To help you heal well,
avoid lifting more than 20 pounds during the first 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
For the same reason, this is also an important time to avoid vaginal
As soon as you can move easily without pain or
without using narcotic pain medicine, you can drive. Complete recovery usually
takes 4 to 8 weeks. Your return to a work routine will depend not only on how
quickly you get back your energy and strength but also on how demanding your
Vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. As soon as you feel strong enough, get up and around as
much as you can. This helps prevent problems after surgery like blood clots,
pneumonia, and gas pains. When you can move easily without pain, you can drive.
To help you heal well, avoid lifting more than 20 pounds during the first 4 to
6 weeks after surgery. For the same reason, this is also an important time to
avoid vaginal intercourse.
Recovery from a vaginal or
laparoscopic hysterectomy takes much less time than from an abdominal surgery.
After a routine laparoscopic surgery removing the
uterus but not the
cervix (laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy, or
LSH), most women are able to return to normal activity in 1 to 2 weeks. About 4
to 6 weeks after the hysterectomy, see your doctor for a follow-up
How effective is hysterectomy for improving my symptoms?
For women who have severe symptoms and have tried other
treatments, hysterectomy may be the next treatment option. For more information
about how hysterectomy may or may not help different health problems,
What are possible long-term problems after hysterectomy?
Pelvic weakness. After a hysterectomy, some women
develop other physical problems that are related to weakness of the pelvic
muscles and ligaments that support the vagina, bladder, and rectum.
Kegel exercises may help strengthen the pelvic muscles
and ligaments. But some women need other treatments, including additional