Health Tip: After Hysterectomy

What to expect while you're recovering

(HealthDay News) - Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which a woman's uterus and possibly other female reproductive organs are removed.

Here are guidelines to help you prepare for recovery from a hysterectomy, courtesy of the New York State Department of Health:

  • You will have to stay in the hospital at least overnight. The length of your stay will depend on the type of hysterectomy and whether you have complications.
  • For a few days after surgery, you may have pain and discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication.
  • You should be able to walk on your own within two or three days of surgery.
  • You should be able to resume sexual activity after about six to eight weeks.
  • You should be able to resume most activities in about four to eight weeks.
  • You may tire easily and quickly during your recovery.
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