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What is recovery like after an abdominal hysterectomy?

What is recovery like after an abdominal hysterectomy?

Slow & steady : Like with any laparotomy, take it easy the first week with no lifting or driving. Slowly increase your activities until 4 weeks & full activities by 6-8 weeks (each doc is different). Pain is different for everyone but taking nsaids after the first week helps. Follow your doc's instructions & you'll be back to normal & feel good by 4 weeks max. Take good care of yourself. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Abdominal Hysterectomy (Definition)

Removal of the uterus usually including the cervix thru an abdominal wall incision. If the tubes and ovaries are included then you are also doing a bso (bilateral salpingo oophorectomy). If you leave the cervix intact then it is ...Read more


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How long does it take to recover from abdominal hysterectomy?

How long does it take to recover from abdominal hysterectomy?

6 to 8 weeks: An abdominal hysterectomy with a large incision requires 6 to 8 weeks to get back to full energy and completely normal exercise and activities. The recovery is significantly less (2 to 4 weeks) with a vaginal, laparoscopic, or davinci robotic hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: abdominal hysterectomy?

What is the definition or description of: abdominal hysterectomy?

Uterus removal: Removal of the uterus usually including the cervix thru an abdominal wall incision. If the tubes and ovaries are included then you are also doing a bso (bilateral salpingo oophorectomy). If you leave the cervix intact then it is a supracervical abdominal hysterectomy. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with having a full abdominal hysterectomy?

What risks are associated with having a full abdominal hysterectomy?

Many: Risk for abd hyst. Bleeding, injury to other organs, infection, death. Ask about vaginal hysterectomy, safer and less pain and fewer complications. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to recover from an abdominal hysterectomy?

How long does it usually take to recover from an abdominal hysterectomy?

2-6 weeks: Most patients will be discharged from the hospital 48-72 hours after surgery. Most will be uncomfortable for about 2 weeks and be able to return to work around week 6. ...Read more

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When should I seek immediate care after having had an abdominal hysterectomy?

When should I seek immediate care after having had an abdominal hysterectomy?

Emergency visit: You should be seen immediately if you have fever greater than 101, severe abdominal pains, absence of passing gas or stool, watery diarrhea, burning with urination, back pain on one side, vaginal bleeding heavier than a period, redness, pain or swelling at your incision site, or redness, pain and swelling in your calf or ankle. ...Read more

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How long does a total abdominal hysterectomy take?

How long does a total abdominal hysterectomy take?

Hysterectomy: A total abdominal hysterectomy could last 45 minutes to multiple hours depending on how complicated your case is, prior surgeries, your weight, findings intraoperatively, cancer related surgery etc. If it is for a thin patient, with no prior surgeries, no pelvic masses etc, probably around 45 min to 2 hours depending on surgeon experience. This can vary a lot. ...Read more

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Can I have an abdominal hysterectomy with epidural ?

Yes: Abdominal hysterectomy is frequently done under regional analgesia (epidural or spinal). If you are a candidate for a laparoscopic (with or without robotic assistance) hysterectomy, you could expect a quicker and easier recovery. ...Read more

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Abdominal hysterectomy or vaginal. Which heals better?

Both: Both will heal well. The abdominal mode requires an incision through the abdominal wall and there is usually more pain, but even then the pain is almost always well controlled with the current pain medications. In the long run they are the same, in the short term the recovery is easier after a vaginal hysterectomy for most women. ...Read more

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How long will I experience pain after a total abdominal hysterectomy tah?

Usually about 6 week: Maybe less, most patients are usually well enough to go back to work after 6 weeks. You will recover faster if you have an lavh, or robot surgery or vaginal hyster. You should ask your doctor if it can be done another , ;less painful way. If he or she says no, you may want to go for a second opinion to make sure the 2nd opinion person agrees. Some doctors can't do all the different types of hyster. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a total abdominal hysterectomy and a partial?

What's the difference between a total abdominal hysterectomy and a partial?

This is misunderstoo: Tah means removal of the uterus and cervix, partial means removal of the uterus and leave the cervix. If you have the uterus, cervix and ovaries removed the proper name for this procedure is total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo- oophorectomy. ...Read more

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I had an abdominal hysterectomy 5 days ago.The swelling is awful. Will this go away?

I had an abdominal hysterectomy 5 days ago.The swelling is awful. Will this go away?

Very likely: It is not uncommon to have abdominal swelling for several weeks after having a hysterectomy. Call your doctor for severe or persistent symptoms. Also call if you have fever, chills, nausea, vomiting or worsening symptoms. When in doubt play it safe and see you surgeon. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i had a abdominal hysterectomy six weeks ago and where my IV was is swollen and painful. Should i be concerned?

What do you advise if i had a abdominal hysterectomy six weeks ago and where my IV was is swollen and painful. Should i be concerned?

Maybe: I would show it to your doctor the IV site may have an infection. Six weeks is a long time for a leaking iV to cause a problem . It is swollen and painful so infection is a strong possibility. I would go asap and start antibiotics if they believe it is infected. ...Read more

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When can I look after my two toddlers i had total abdominal hysterectomy they are ages 3&1 so will need to take them to nursery.Aswell.?

When can I look after my two toddlers i had total abdominal hysterectomy they are ages 3&1 so will need to take them to nursery.Aswell.?

Varies: It depends some on the type of hysterectomy. In general, it is not recommended to lift over 10lbs for the first couple of weeks. You may hold the children while sitting but not lift them. After 2 weeks you can gradually lift more but will be slower following an abdominal than vaginal or laparoscopic approach. Your doctor should be able to give you more specific guidlines. ...Read more

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Had a total abdominal hysterectomy 11 days ago. I've been eating lite. I haven't lost 1 lb. I though i'd drop 10 lbs by now. Why haven't i lost?

The uterus is : Actually not very large at all. It doesn't weigh much. Once you are medically cleared - you can approach this with both excellent nutrition & ^ physical activity. Heal well. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

The entire uterus (womb), cervix, the part protruding into the vagina, and ...Read more