Hysterectomy Recovery

Abdominal Hysterectomy Recovery Time After Hysterectomy

By Olinda Rola

Having an abdominal hysterectomy and the recovery time after hysterectomy are significant events in any woman's life. Since an abdominal hysterectomy is an in-patient surgical procedure, you should plan on being away from home and work during the surgery and perhaps during the beginning recovery time after hysterectomy. The length of the hospital stay depends on what type of hysterectomy you have, how your surgery goes and what your doctor recommends.

While the hysterectomy recovery may take a few weeks, here are things you can do to help speed up your hysterectomy recovery time:

1. Take all the pain relievers your doctor has prescribed. You will want to be as comfortable as possible during your recovery time after hysterectomy.

2. Keep sanitary pads handy since you may have some discharge and bloody drainage for several days after your abdominal hysterectomy.

3. Use a heating pad over your abdomen and another under it, if necessary. Be careful and do not sleep with a heating pad in direct contact with the skin because doing so can burn you.

4. Avoid all lifting after the abdominal hysterectomy surgery and during the post hysterectomy period. Just ask others to do all the lifting for you.

5. Avoid dairy foods during the post hysterectomy time since dairy products will tend to cause constipation. Pain medications taken during the recovery time after hysterectomy also tend to make you constipated.

6. Avoid alcoholic beverages totally during the recovery time after hysterectomy, especially while taking medications.

7. Drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water each day to adequately flush your system of toxins which would otherwise accumulate and cause discomfort or illness. Drinking pure clear water daily is a healthy habit to continue even once you are fully recovered.

8. Eat as healthy as you can since your body needs nutrients to help with healing. Be sure and include cold-water fish, turkey, chicken, organic bread, soups, salads, fruits and broths.

9. Take the best vitamin/mineral/nutritional supplement you can find. It's not just about the vitamins and minerals. Providing your body with important nutritional supplements is a good idea before and after your abdominal hysterectomy to help fill in the dietary gaps that everyone will have.

10. Use your recovery time after hysterectomy to really take care of yourself. Listen to your favorite music, watch your favorite television programs and read your favorite books. Relax and give your body a chance to adjust and recover from the surgery.

After an abdominal hysterectomy, women will likely experience a deficiency of the critical hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. If only the uterus is removed in a partial hysterectomy, progesterone levels will fall dramatically in one to two months and estrogen levels will decrease in one or two years. Progesterone deficiency is related to numerous side effects including increased risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, including endometrial cancer. Testosterone deficiency in women causes low sex drive, low energy levels, thyroid deficiency and depression. Estrogen deficiency can result in vaginal dryness, hot flashes and night sweats.

Women considering abdominal hysterectomy or having had the procedure should seek the help of physicians trained in the use of natural bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are hormones that are identical to what the body makes and what normally would exist in the body. Synthetic drugs such as Premarin, Provera and Prempro are not natural nor the same as the body makes, and these kinds of synthetic drugs have numerous side effects.

There is a hormone health test provided by a leading women's health clinic that you can take online. The test takes just a few minutes and is free. Learn as much as you can about hormone imbalance, the recovery time after hysterectomy and physician-recommended natural alternatives for hormone replacement therapy.

Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing

About the Author: Read more about hysterectomy recovery at http://www.safemenopausesolutions.com/hysterectomy-recovery.html and alternatives for hormone replacement therapy. Olinda Rola is President of InfoSearch Publishing and webmaster of http://www.safemenopausesolutions.com - a website of natural health articles and information.

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  1. Blah Blah
      June 4, 2011

    hysterectomy recovery?
    I have fibroids on my uterus and have been told I should have a partial hysterectomy. The procedure would be performed vaginally. I am very much looking forward to it!!! I am in pain everyday, the fibroids are up against my bladder and the frequent periods with heavy bleeding and cramping are driving me crazy!!! I want to know realistically, will I be able to go back to work in a week? I am in almost constant pain. I had a c-section 20 yrs ago and I keep hearing its about the same recovery. Is that realistic? I’m 38 and not in the best physical shape…

    • Endo
        June 10, 2011

      Even done vaginally, a week is a bit too motivated. Most likely, you will want at least 2 weeks off from work (or more if needed, given your own personal pain tolerance and health situation). Even after that, restrictions will likely be imposed in terms of lifting certain amounts of weight, sitting for too long, sexual activity, baths, etc. Plan on taking the two weeks, it will only help to know that the time is there if you need it so you can recover at your leisure. Good luck!

  2. Midnight Butterfly
      June 16, 2011

    Hysterectomy Recovery?
    I am scheduled for a hyesterctomy on the 11th of this month. I know that my abdomenal muscles and nerves will be severed, so my question is what are some good tips for my recovery time? My gyno has told me a minimal of four weeks before I can go back to work. Are there any ways to help my healing process along? If it takes at least four weeks, I know this is really going to hurt! Any suggestions/ideas/musts –especially from those who’ve lived through it–would be GREATLY appreciated !!!

  3. Natasha M
      June 27, 2011

    What can I expect during hysterectomy recovery?
    I’m 36, and I’m having my uterus removed. I’m a little anxious about effects on my sex life and hormones.
    My sex life wasn’t so great before…due to fibroids, I just want to know if I can expect it to get better.

    • Vivbikerbabe
        June 28, 2011

      First of all freedom from pain, You will probably find that you will feel so relaxed that your sex life will improve dramatically. I had mine removed at 37, I am 55 now and my husband and I still enjoy a sex life, that was almost non existent whilst I waited for the op. I did need HRT but the fact your ovaries are not to be removed probably will mean you won’t need it.
      Give yourself chance to recover from the op that does take about 2 months , you will then find you feel like intercourse and resume your relationship naturally.

  4. sweetnsultry
      June 30, 2011

    Does an Adominal Hysterectomy recovery feel like Cesarean recovery?
    I’ve had 3 cesareans, and found the last two to be extremely painful. My daughters were about 14 months apart, & my youngest is 2 1/2 right now. I am going to have a hysterectomy after the 1st and was told it is 30% more painful than a cesarean. I have a high tolerance for pain, but remember very well how the cesarean recovery tested the limits of what pain I could handle. Hoping to get a response from someone who has had at least one cesarean delivery & has also had an adominal hysterectomy. Thank you

    • iroc
        June 29, 2011

      I have cared for both types of procedures, and they are nowhere the same. In intensity or time of healing. They rarely do abdominal hysterectomy’s any more usually laparoscopic.

  5. Melissa M
      June 30, 2011

    Hysterectomy recovery ?
    my mom is having a total hysterectomy tuesday and i’m wanting to know how i can help out while she recovers. i have heard that her hormones will be crazy and she will get hot flashes and might even be a bit mean. what are some things i can do for her?

    • Jesusfreak
        June 29, 2011

      It’s nice that you came on here to want to know how to help her. You can check the http://www.hystersisters.com link for ideas on what you can do. Maybe cook meals so she doesn’t have to do it herself. Don’t let her lift more than a gallon of milk. She will have tons of stitches inside her. I had a TVH (total vaginal hysterectomy) kept both ovaries and still had to take it easy cause I had tons of stitches internally. Women who have a vaginal hysterectomy can have over 100 internal stitches but they just don’t have the outside incision to help them remember. Don’t know if her dr. plans on giving her hormones right after surgery but some dr’s do.

      I’d either cook meals for her or have some friends cook meals. I know some friends may say “if there’s anything I can do let me know” tell them it would be nice if they could make a meal and then send it over. She may or may not want visitors especially ones that may be sick cause her body will need every ounce of energy to heal.

      Pamper her and let her know that she needs to heal and to not lift a finger. The more she does even if it’s just sweeping the floors, she can do damage internatlly.Having a hysterectomy is more than having a baby. With a TAH, SAH, or TVH there is much more work in the abdomen than delivering a baby and placenta. Keep in mind that the baby is supposed to come out. With a hysterectomy, you are losing a major organ. There can be nearly 100 or more stitches inside you that will seal off blood vessels and reattach uterine ligaments to other parts of you (among other things), creating a whole new internal structure to support your vagina, etc. This is a MAJOR cutting-and-stitching job inside you. Some women that have had vaginal hysterectomies can also have over 100 internal stitches.
      This surgery also somehow makes us tire easily so she may only feel like doing half of what she normally does. I was not allowed to lift anything for six weeks. You only have one chance to heal right. To many people have gone out and overdid and ended up with complications or a set back in their recovery. You can do some housework so she doesn’t have to do it herself such as sweeiping, picking up things, vacuuming (that’s a no no post op) cause any pressure that she puts on her belly Good luck

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