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Hysterectomy Surgery Recovery Tips - Timeline, Diet, Lifestyle Changes

Hysterectomy surgery is a major surgical procedure and usually requires six to eight weeks to recover completely. To promote the recovery process, you must make some lifestyle modifications and follow post-surgery instructions provided by your gynecologist. We have curated some hysterectomy recovery tips to speed up the recovery process after the surgery.

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  • Recovery After Hysterectomy Surgery

    Generally, the recovery period of hysterectomy surgery is around six to eight weeks. The recovery time is often shorter after a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. However, the recovery post-surgery also depends on the severity of the condition, the age of the woman, and any underlying health condition. During the recovery time, you should rest as much as possible and not lift anything heavy. Listed below are some recovery tips to follow after hysterectomy surgery to promote healing: 

    • Diet changes: 

    After uterus removal eat a well-balanced diet, including protein, fruits, and vegetables, to help heal after surgery. Drink about 8-10 glasses of fluids a day (especially water) to keep your body well hydrated. If you have a cardiac problem, ask your doctor about your fluid intake. If you have a tendency towards constipation, increase your fiber intake as well. Please speak with a dietician if you need help with your diet.

    • Physical activities:

    After hysterectomy surgery, you can walk and stretch. Walking is one of the best ways to recover and heal more quickly. If you feel tired or weak after walk lie down to rest or take a nap. You can go up and down the stairs. You need to climb stairs slowly at first. As your body heals, it gets easier and easier. It is usually suggested to avoid heavy lifting objects greater than 20 pounds for at least six weeks after surgery. You can resume driving after two weeks if you feel well enough and can also stop medication.

    • Sexual activity:

    It is usually recommended to avoid putting anything in the vagina, including tampons, douch products, and any sexual activity, for eight weeks. 

    • Incision care/hygiene:

    Keep the incision clean and pat dry. Wash it every day with warm water and mild shop. Always make sure to rinse and pat dry thoroughly. Check the incision area every day for redness, swelling, drainage, or wound opening. If you have drains, you may wash them by taking a sponge bath or a shower, ensuring that the drain and incision area is dried carefully.

    • Medications:

    If you experience a lot of discomforts as your activity increases, try taking your pain medication one-half hour before that activity. Take all the prescribed medications before the pain becomes severe. If your pain is not relieved by medication, then consult with gynecologist right away. Some pain medications may cause constipation. To prevent constipation, when you are taking pain medication, drink more fluids, eat more high-fiber foods, and take a stool softener such as Colace (docusate) and a laxative such as Senokot (sennosides) or milk of magnesia daily.

    • Bowel functions:

    The first bowel movement occurs 4-5 days after surgery. You can experience “gas” pain post-surgery. You can relieve the pain and discomfort by drinking hot liquids and walking. You can take a stool softener such as Colace (docusate) and a mild laxative such as Senokot (sennosides) or Milk of Magnesia. You should continue the Colace and laxative until you have stopped taking the pain medication or your stools become unusually loose.

    • Body changes: 

    You can expect vaginal discharge for up to eight weeks post-surgery. In some cases, women experience an increase in vaginal bleeding for 24 hours. Bleeding after surgery is normal. However, if it persists or becomes very heavy, you should immediately call your gynecologist and seek treatment help. 

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    Diets Tips During Hysterectomy Surgery Recovery

    Listed below are some diet tips to follow to promote recovery after hysterectomy surgery to promote healing and prevent the chances of potential risks and complications:

    • Consume a lot of whole grains and legumes. Muesli, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, and cereals are all excellent high-fiber choices. Red and black kidney beans are rich in antioxidants and fiber.
    • A balance of lean protein, such as skinless chicken, fatty fish, such as salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, and vegetable protein is required. Avoid eating fried food or saturated or trans fats, such as butter, margarine, salad dressing, and sweets. Good fats include vegetable oils like olive oil and peanut oil.
    • Take an adequate amount of calcium. Get at least 1,200 mg of calcium and vitamin D daily for strong bones. Eat three to four 8-ounce servings of low-fat dairy each day or take supplements. Yogurt, canned salmon, broccoli, hard cheese, fortified items like orange juice

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    What to Expect After Hysterectomy Surgery: Recovery Timeline

    A hysterectomy changes some aspects of life for instance, you’ll no longer have periods, and you can experience some symptoms of menopause, such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, etc. 

    • Going home 

    If you have a vaginal hysterectomy or a laparoscopic hysterectomy, you may go home on the same day as your procedure or the day after. If there are any medical concerns or complications, you may stay in the hospital for another one to two days. Even though a vaginal hysterectomy is less invasive than an abdominal hysterectomy, you will still need to spend several weeks resting and recovering at home.

    If you have an abdominal hysterectomy, you will likely go home after two to three days but may need to spend longer in the hospital if there are any complications or medical concerns.

    Whichever type of hysterectomy you have, make sure you follow your doctor’s advice on which activities to avoid and how to take care of your wound.

    • Returning to work

    When you can return to work will depend on how you are feeling, the type of work you do and the type of hysterectomy you have.

    In general, if your work doesn’t involve any manual labour, you will likely be able to return after four to eight weeks. However, some women may be ready to return to work after two to three weeks, with their doctor’s approval.

    • Sex

    You should avoid having sex until your wound has fully healed and your vaginal discharge has completely stopped. This usually takes four to six weeks. If you then feel comfortable having sex, it is safe to do so. However, you may experience some vaginal dryness if your ovaries were removed and you are not on hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

    It is normal to experience an initial loss of interest in sex after a hysterectomy. However, your sex drive will usually return once you are fully recovered. You may find that you enjoy sex more due to reduced pain from any condition you had before which was treated by having a hysterectomy.

    What to Avoid After Hysterectomy Surgery?

    Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy) is a major surgical procedure with certain risks and complications. Therefore it is extremely important to take some precautions after the surgery. Here is a list of things to avoid for a smooth recovery:

    • Avoid putting anything in the vagina for at least four to six weeks post-surgery. You must strictly avoid tampons, douching, or sexual intercourse during this time.
    • It is usually suggested to avoid lifting anything heavy for the first 6 weeks. Avoid picking children or moving furniture.
    • You must avoid strenuous tasks such as cycling, running, and lawn mowing for the first six weeks.
    • Avoid swimming until a doctor has confirmed that the vaginal stitches have healed completely.

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    FAQs - Hysterectomy Surgery Recovery

    What are the risks and complications of hysterectomy surgery?

    Just like any surgical procedure, Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy) also carries certain risks and complications, including:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Blood clots
    • Vaginal problems
    • Ovarian failure
    • Bladder damage 

    What questions do I need to ask the gynecologist before hysterectomy surgery?

    Before undergoing hysterectomy surgery, you need to ask the following questions to your gynecologist to have a better understanding of the procedure:

    • Is hysterectomy surgery a painful procedure?
    • How long does it take to recover completely after hysterectomy surgery?
    • What type of anesthesia is used during the hysterectomy surgery?
    • What exercises can I do after hysterectomy surgery?
    • How long does it take to heal internally after a hysterectomy?
    • How long does the pain last after hysterectomy surgery?
    • What changes I can expect in my body after hysterectomy surgery?
    • Is Uterus Removal Surgery (Hysterectomy) covered under Insurance?

    How to find a good gynecologist for hysterectomy surgery?

    If you are looking for a good gynecologist for hysterectomy surgery, then you must consider the following factors before choosing one:

    • Experience of the gynecologist
    • Look for patients review and history
    • Check the credentials of the gynecologist
    • Consider the location and convenience 
    • Research about the hospital

    What are the different types of hysterectomy?

    There are 3 different types of hysterectomy surgery:

    • Partial hysterectomy: It involves removing the upper part of the uterus 
    • Total hysterectomy: It involves removing the entire uterus, including the cervix
    • Radical hysterectomy: It involves removing the uterus with the upper third of the vagina and parametrial tissues


    Is hysterectomy a high-risk surgery?

    Hysterectomy is generally a safe procedure with excellent success rates. However, potential risks and side effects of the procedure include early menopause, mood swings, excessive bleeding, etc.

    What happens to your body after hysterectomy?

    Due to changes in hormonal levels caused by the surgery, women may experience symptoms of low estrogen levels, such as:

    • Weight gain 
    • Mood swings
    • Anxiety
    • Decreased sex drive

    What are the emotional side effects of hysterectomy surgery?

    Some common emotional side effects of hysterectomy surgery:

    • Depression
    • Mood swings
    • Insomnia
    • Irritability
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