Early mobilisation will promote quick recovery after hysterectomy.
The average hospital stay depends on the type of hysterectomy performed, but is usually from 2 to 3 days. Complete recovery may require 2 weeks to 2 months. Recovery from a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy is faster than from an abdominal hysterectomy, and may include less pain.
Intravenous and oral medications are used after the surgery to relieve postoperative pain. A catheter may remain in place for 1 to 2 days to help the bladder pass urine. The following are some useful tips to help you recover after hystrectomy -
A sanitary towel will need to be worn to absorb any vaginal bleeding, which is usually similar to a light period.
Moving about as soon as possible helps to avoid blood clots in the legs and other problems.
Walking to the bathroom as soon as possible is recommended.
Normal diet is encouraged as soon as possible after bowel function returns.
Avoid lifting heavy objects for a few weeks following surgery.
Sexual intercourse should be avoided for 6 to 8 weeks after a hysterectomy.
If the ovaries have been removed (oopherectemy) in premenopausal women, the patient experiences menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood disturbances. They are more prone for osteoporosis. A hormonal replacement treatment maybe required.