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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

Dr. Chad Levitt
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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 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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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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How long will I experience pain after a total abdominal hysterectomy tah?

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

Several weeks : If possible consider a second opinion. If in fact a hysterectomy is needed at this time, look to a minimally invasive procedure such as laparoscopic or robotic. The visualization is better, the ability to remove disease is improved, and with smaller, less painful scars you can often ho home on the same day or the next day after surgery. Recovery for open surgery is typically 6 weeks vs 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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How long to wait to do weight lifting after abdominal hysterectomy surgery?

How long to wait to do weight lifting after abdominal hysterectomy surgery?

about 4 to 6 weeks: The healing process is about 80% complete at 6 weeks, the final 20% takes almost an entire year. The risk of incision breaking apart with coughing, straining or lifting follows this healing process. Okay to ask your surgical team specifics about your case. Be well. ...Read more

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How long will I experience pain after a total abdominal hysterectomy done through the belly?

Usally about 6 weeks: Most of us do not do very many total abdominal hysterectomies anymore, since I do most of mine either laparoscopically, with the robot or vaginally which cause the patient much less pain. And I do a lot of endometrial ablations in my office which can stop heavy or prolonged bleeding so my patients do not even need to do a hysterectomy. ...Read more

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I had a full abdominal hysterectomy 5 weeks ago and wondering how long until it stops feeling bruised inside. Also when will i be able to so rowing?

Ask MD: You need to discuss this with the surgeon who performed the surgery. Not all surgeries progress the same way and your surgeon will know best. ...Read more

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How long do I wait for sexual intercourse after abdominal hysterectomy?

not until after: Your doctor has checked your vaginal cuff to make sure it is totally healed all the way which is usually at least 6-8 weeks at the least, you must have had a bad problem that the surgery couldn't have been done thru laparoscope of the da vinci robot, please ask your doc about when u can have intercourse. ...Read more

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How long after an abdominal hysterectomy can I have sex, masturbate and or oral sex?

How long after an abdominal hysterectomy can I have sex, masturbate and or oral sex?

4 weeks: Most recommendations are to wait for 4 weeks after a hysterectomy before having sex with penetration. If you do not have penetration with other types of sexual stimulation, it is likely safe after only a few days. ...Read more

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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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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 common is it to still have pain 3 weeks post abdominal hysterectomy op.?

Yes: You may require more than 3 weeks to recover fully from an abdominal hysterectomy. If your pain is gradually decreasing, it is probably normal. ...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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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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I had sex 2 weeks after a abdominal hysterectomy?

I had sex 2 weeks after a abdominal hysterectomy?

Not recommended : It is typically recommended to wait six weeks before having intercourse after a hysterectomy if your cervix was removed. The vaginal cuff requires time to heal and could be ruptured with intercourse. This could be very dangerous. Check with your doctor if you have any problems. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Am now 38. What should I expect after the abdominal hysterectomy if they leave my ovaries?

Am now 38. What should I expect after the abdominal hysterectomy if they leave my ovaries?

No periods: The main advantage to leaving the ovaries is to preserve the hormonal environment. Besides not having menstrual bleeding, things should pretty much stay the same. There may be some differences related to sexual function, some women experience orgasms differently after a hysterectomy. ...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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What is the definition or description of: total abdominal hysterectomy?

Hysterectomy: A "total abdominal hysterectomy" refers to the removal of the uterus and cervix through an abdominal incision. ...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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What does the hospital stay be for abdominal hysterectomy?

Usually 2 days: For a low risk uncomplicated abdominal hysterectomy most often women will go home on the second day. If it is a complicated surgery it might need a longer stay. ...Read more

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Compare postoperative outcomes of a total abdominal hysterectomy, a laproscopic assisted lavh?

LAVH usually better: Depends on what the reason is, what your body type is and why they are doing it and how good your doctor is at doing lavh. But usually there is less pain and an easier recovery time after lavh. But doing it robotically often has less pain that lavh. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

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