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Week By Week Recovery 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
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
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
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
I had an abdominal hysterectomy six weeks ago and my skin where my IV was is still swollen and painful. Should I be concerned?
A week after an abdominal hysterectomy, is it common if a patient has bad headaches and other effects?
No: A week postop you should really be feeling better, not great but better. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more
Is it common that a patient has bad headaches and other affects a week after an abdominal hysterectomy?
Yes: An abdominal hysterectomy is a major operation. Headache would not be uncommon. I'm guessing your physician prescribed you some Ibuprofen for pain, you can try that for headache as well. Sometimes the pain pills your md might have prescribed, like vicodin or Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) can cause headache. Make sure to drink a lot, as dehydration #1 cause of headaches. See your md if concerns do not improve. ...Read more
Hi, I’m 5 weeks in post op (Abdominal hysterectomy) there’s 1 internal dissolving stitch from hysterectomy sticking out of wound?
OK: Not to worry, as long as you do not have undue pain, redness, swelling. Let you surgeon know, he/she will most likely have you to to the office and see what is going on. The end sticking out may be snipped at the office visit. ...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?
6 weeks: If the entire uterus is taken at the time of hysterectomy, then there is an incision at the top of the vagina that needs to heal for 6 full weeks before having sex. If the cervix was left in place during hysterectomy then it may be possible to have sex 2 weeks after a hysterectomy. ...Read more
I'm 1 week post op. Full abdominal. Hysterectomy, I slept on my stomach last night on accident. Will I be ok, I took a pain pill?
Post op TAH: A total hysterectomy is a "major" surgical procedure. There are multiple layers of tissue which have stitches to close each layer, and aside from some discomfort in "sleeping on (your) stomach", there is little chance harm will occur. If you do not see bleeding or discharge at the incision site, things should be OK. ...Read more
I have had a total abdominal hysterectomy And I am asking that is it safe to fly after 5 weeks of having the surgery? Please let me know.
It should be safe: To fly at least 5 weeks after abdominalsurgery. You are far along the healing process.. ...Read more
What causes periumbilical pain & numbness 1 week post abdominal hysterectomy for very large fibroid?
I had an abdominal hysterectomy almost 3 months ago. For a few weeks now, my legs have been hurting below my knees when I sit or lay down. Any ideas?
Hard one: It is unlikely related to the hysterectomy. I assume you still have your ovaries. If not and there are no contraindications, then I strongly recommend you initiate hormones. Increased pain on both sides that increases with sitting is difficult. Most pain increases with standing, not rest. See if you changed shoe types recently but that is a hard one. ...Read more
I am 4 weeks post op from a total abdominal hysterectomy and I am experiencing a lot of pain in my right lower abdomen. Should I be alarmed?
Having dull stabbing pain on rt side of pelvic post-op 3 1/2 weeks abdominal hysterectomy. Is this normal? This is after bowel movement.
I am 5 weeks post op from am abdominal hysterectomy with overectomy and have been running a low grade fever (between 99.7° and 100.8°) with body aches and abdominal pain every evening. Is this normal? I mentioned it to my surgeon and he did not seam conce
Did MD exam you?: Did your surgeon do an examination to look for source (s) for the low grade temperature such as a urinary tract or would infection? If not, call your surgeon and ask to be evaluated. Post operative infections are best evaluated, source identified, and treated before a more major problem can occur. ...Read more
12 weeks post op abdominal hysterectomy (cervix and uterus). I feel pressure in my vagina for days after exercise. Is it too soon or something else?
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
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 ›
4-6 weeks: Most people get 4-6 weeks off after an abdominal 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