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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

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

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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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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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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Is it normal to still need prescription medications for pain 3 weeks after abdominal hysterectomy.

Pain meds: No. Did you also receive non-narcotic pain meds? If not you should ask for them. Narcotic pain meds at this late stage may give rise to an entirely new set of problems such as decreased bowel function. ...Read more

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I had an abdominal hysterectomy six weeks ago and my skin where my IV was is still swollen and painful. Should I be concerned?

Probably not.: It may be superficial thrombophlebitis. If so, conservative treatment with hot packs and anti inflammatories such as Ibuprofen may help. Antibiotics are sometimes used. Call your surgeon to make sure. ...Read more

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Hi, can I have sex at six weeks post op abdominal hysterectomy?

Hi, can I have sex at six weeks post op abdominal hysterectomy?

Yes: Most likely you can just make sure you have had a post operative exam by your gynecologist to make sure all is well. ...Read more

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A week after an abdominal hysterectomy, is it common if a patient has bad headaches and other effects?

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

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Is it common that a patient has bad headaches and other affects a week after an abdominal hysterectomy?

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

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Hi, I’m 5 weeks in post op (Abdominal hysterectomy) there’s 1 internal dissolving stitch from hysterectomy sticking out of wound?

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

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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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Is it safe have sex 2 weeks after an a abdominal hysterectomy?

Is it safe have sex 2 weeks after an a abdominal hysterectomy?

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

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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?

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

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What causes periumbilical pain & numbness 1 week post abdominal hysterectomy for very large fibroid?

What causes periumbilical pain & numbness 1 week post abdominal hysterectomy for very large fibroid?

Retractors: It is common to have numbness and pain at the site of your incision. If your incision is not near your umbilicus, then I would blame the retractor (a surgical instrument used to hold open the incision). The pain should resolve as you recover, the numbness may or may not. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

Some pain normal...: Some pain around the time of a BM is normal after a hysterectomy. However, if it becomes worse or is persistent, you should let your surgeon know about it. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Exercise after hyst: 12 weeks isn't too soon to be exercising after an abdominal hysterectomy unless there were some kind of complications. It would be best to check in with the gynecologist who performed the surgery about your symptoms. There may be some scar tissue pulling. ...Read more

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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

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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 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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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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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 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

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Hysterectomy (Definition)

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