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How Long Does Pain Last After Abdominal Hysterectomy
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4-6 weeks: Most people get 4-6 weeks off after an abdominal hysterectomy. ...Read more
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
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
About six weeks: It will get better day by day. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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