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what is the recovery time after a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
3 to 8 weeks: There is variability depending on the reason for the hysterectomy, the age and health of the patient, and the way the surgery is performed. A vaginal hysterectomy, davinci robot or laparoscopic hysterectomy have the quickest recovery, as short as 3 to 4 weeks for healthy patients. A hysterectomy with an abdominal incision takes more like 6 to 8 weeks.
Dr. Jack Tubbs
Dr. Jack Tubbs commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 35 years experience
I routinely allow return to work after 1-2 weeks, but require 6-8 for intercourse.
Dec 1, 2012
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it common for periods to stop completely after having a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: During a period, the uterine lining sloughs off and comes out of your vagina. If there is no uterus, you can't have a period.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about supracervical hysterectomies?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Partial hysterectomy: A supracervical hysterectomy is a partial hysterectomy where the uterus is amputated from the cervix which is left in place. There is no proven benefit to this approach over a total hysterectomy when it comes to issues of pelvic support or sexual function. The surgery is technically easier and there is no vaginal scar with the supracervical procedure.
A 23-year-old member asked:

My doctor is recommending a hysterectomy, but I can't take time for a six-week recovery period. What can I do?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Second opinion: Always get a second opinion about surgery. There may be medical options available for your problem. In addition, you may be a candidate for laparoscopic surgery.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the complications of a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Infection bleeding: Hysterectomies have a low risk of complications. Infections in the abdominal wall, urine, or vaginal cuff sometimes occur. Bleeding into the wound or significant vaginal bleeding is less common. Very rarely, serious complications occur including intraoperative bleeding, injury to the intestine or urinary tract, or blood clot in the legs or to the lungs.
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A 41-year-old female asked:

Hysterectomy what is recovery time?

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Dr. Ew Christensen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
6 weeks: It can take 6 weeks for you to be back up to speed after a hysterectomy, although many patients are doing well after 2 weeks. It is important to move, but to not over do. Avoid lifting. Eat a nutritious well balanced diet and drink lots of water. If you have any problems, get in to see your surgeon. Take care!

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