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What should I expect after a hysterectomy?

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After a hysterectomy, if the ovaries were also removed, a woman will enter menopause. If the ovaries were not removed, a woman may still enter menopause at an earlier age than she would have otherwise.

Most women are told to abstain from sex and avoid lifting heavy objects for six weeks after hysterectomy.

After a hysterectomy, the vast majority of women surveyed feel the operation was successful at improving or curing their main problem (for example, pain or heavy periods).

From: Hysterectomy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Katz, V. Fifth Edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2007. Comprehensive Gynecology,

Ethicon Endo-Surgery: "Open Surgery vs MIP for Hysterectomy" and "Risks and Complications."

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare: "Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies."

Medical News Today: "New Studies Demonstrate Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy And Colectomy When Compared To Open Surgery."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Single-Incision Laparoscopy. August 2013. Technology Assessment,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Katz, V. Fifth Edition, Mosby Elsevier, 2007. Comprehensive Gynecology,

Ethicon Endo-Surgery: "Open Surgery vs MIP for Hysterectomy" and "Risks and Complications."

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's HealthCare: "Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies."

Medical News Today: "New Studies Demonstrate Benefits Of Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy And Colectomy When Compared To Open Surgery."

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Single-Incision Laparoscopy. August 2013. Technology Assessment,

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 14, 2019

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