What is the recovery time from a hysterectomy?
Dr. Andrew I. Brill is Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Reparative Pelvic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He is an internationally recognized pioneer and expert in gynecologic endoscopy and minimally invasive surgical techniques for female disorders. His numerous publications and textbook chapters cover a wide range of subjects including basic to advanced techniques in operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, reducing risk during minimally invasive surgery, outpatient surgical solutions, and less invasive procedures for incontinence and uterine prolapse. He is the past president of the AAGL, the largest international organization for minimally invasive gynecology.
Recovery from hysterectomy is a highly personal and unique experience that is both physical and emotional. For many women, the absolute finality of childbearing can be very saddening.
The amount of postoperative pain and disability are directly linked to the type of hysterectomy and size of the abdominal incision. While hysterectomy performed through a large incision can take up to eight weeks for full recovery, less invasive vaginal and laparoscopic types of hysterectomy can be safely performed on an outpatient basis, promising recovery in days versus weeks.
Although sexual abstinence is recommended after all types of hysterectomy, relations can be resumed as early as two weeks if the cervix has not been removed.
You can insure the best recovery by becoming informed about your options, correctly taking pain medications, progressively returning to normal activity and permissible exercise, following any restrictions, and by planning activities that thoughtfully support your recuperation.
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