Healing takes time. How much time depends on your health and the type of surgery you had. During that time, you can do a lot to make sure that you regain your health and energy.
For the first days after surgery, here is what you can expect:
The abdominal incision may be closed with stitches or staples. It is covered with gauze.
Pain can be relieved with medication prescribed by your doctor.
Urination may be aided by a tube (catheter). It is put in your bladder during surgery. In most cases, it is taken out 1-2 days after surgery.
Vaginal bleeding is likely. You will need to use sanitary pads. Do not use tampons.
Meals may be limited to liquids until your bowels are back to normal.
Your lungs need to be kept clear of excess fluid. This prevents problems such as pneumonia. You will be shown how to clear your lungs.
To help your body heal, follow these tips:
Take showers instead of baths.
Do not use tampons or douches. They can cause the vagina to become infected.
Do not have sex for as long as your doctor suggests.
To avoid constipation, eat fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Drink at least 8 glasses of fluid each day.
Increase activity gradually. Avoid tasks or movements that can strain your incision, such as lifting or bending.
Tell family and friends how they can help.
Having a hysterectomy may affect your emotions. You may be relieved to no longer have symptoms. But you feel "down" about the changes in your body. You may also have mood swings if your ovaries were removed and you hadn't yet reached menopause. To feel better, take any medications prescribed by your doctor. Also be sure to tell your doctor how you feel.
Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00
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