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Abdominal Hysterectomy Recovery
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Usually about: 6 -8 weeks.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
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