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How Long Until You Can Drive After A Hysterectomy
Almost immediately: Commonly, women were told they could drive after 2 weeks. However, if not on narcotics for pain, it is safe to drive when you can move your foot from the gas pedal tothe brake without pain. Be sure and "buckle up.". ...Read more
Varies: After an uncomplicated vaginal hysterectomy most women should be able to drive within 3 to 4 days and some even sooner. ...Read more
How long should I wait to drive after my total hysterectomy with removal of ovaries and bladder sling?
Hyst recovery: It takes 6 weeks to heal.Get a more detailed answer ›
2 weeks: A total laparoscopic hysterectomy done with the da vinci robot makes for a much easier recovery than a traditional hysterectomy. Usually patients can go home the same day or after an overnight hospital stay. Most can go back to work in 2 weeks unless they have a physically demanding job. No intercourse for 6-8 weeks. ...Read more
Not long: You should begin walking right away, though you may not be able to walk as long as you did preoperatively. You can add light activities and gentle stretching as long as it doesn't cause pain or fatigue. Upper body exercises and biking are ok after a few weeks. Just don't do any abdominal exercises or heavy lifting for 6 weeks. Exercise is easier after a vaginal/robot/laparoscopy approach. ...Read more
Please do a full visit where your doctor will explain all the risks and details.
Everyone varies with recovery. I tell people to really feel well between three and six weeks. ...Read more
Depends: With currently available minimally invasive technologies most people can return to most normal activities within 7-10 days. When you go back to work would depend on the method used to perform the surgery and the type of work you do. The more physical the job the longer you should be out of work. ...Read more
Depends: If a woman had an abdominal hysterectomy or vaginal hysterectomy I recommend 6 weeks until can do weight lifting or strenuous exercise. Prior to that walking is fine. Laparoscopic hysterectomy I let patients begin more exercise at 3 weeks. Of course start with gentle exercise and increase as tolerated. Check with the doc who did your surgery. ...Read more
Depends on type: With an abdominal hysterectomy the time off work and restrictions of no heavy lifting and only walking is 6 weeks. Vaginal hysterectomy is the same though women feel better faster. With hysterectomy done laparoscopically the recovery and time off work is more like 3 weeks. If you are in reasonable health you should do fine. If you come to surgery exhausted it will take longer to heal. ...Read more
No pregnancies: The sole function of the uterus is to house a pregnancy which would no longer be possible. As long as the surgery goes smoothly with no complications, no negative health consequences will occur. On the other hand, removal of the ovaries in premenopausal women results in an early menopause which can have adverse health consequences. ...Read more
I have been told I have post sterilization syndrome and my only option is a hysterectomy how long will it before I feel better?
Hysterectomy: Unsure what you mean by post sterilization syndrome? If you had some type of tubal occlusion procedure (essure, adiana, or ligation) and nothing afterwards then usually this will pass with time and use of drugs like ibuprofen. If you also had an endometrial ablation, and experience intolerable cyclic pain, then hysterectomy is solution (only removal of uterus) hopefully vaginally or lap. ...Read more
Depends on many factors including, the surgeon, the technique, the difficulty, complications, size and health of the patient, etc.
In general, most hysterectomies can be done in 1 - 2 hours. ...Read more
Six weeks: I recommend 6 weeks as long as there were no complications. ...Read more
Check with surgeon: In general the answer would be six weeks for strenuous exercise. Check with your doctor for specific instructions. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Restrictions: Now. Don't go too far; you feel ok but tire easily in the post- op period. ...Read more
Why do doctors insist that women go back to work in six weeks after a hysterectomy when it takes for longer than that to recover from this?
What can I expect from a hysterectomy? I am considering having a hysterectomy. What are the repurcussions, recovery terms, and long-term effects?
Depends: Depends on why it is being done and how it is being done. I would discuss more with your doctor because each dr has different post op instructions. It is considered a major surgery. Healing takes about 8 weeks though some may return to work as soon as 2 wks. Without a uterus - no more period. If ovaries removed you will go through menopause. Depending cervix may be left to help with support. ...Read more
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