What You Should Know About Recovering from a Hysterectomy
Since a hysterectomy relates to the removal of all things inside of a woman’s body, necessary to have, hold, and birth a baby, it becomes extremely important to know what to expect from recovery. Because the care of the mind and body is most important, we’d like to share a few tips for a smooth transition and recovery after a procedure of this nature is complete.
It’s also important to note that this is a major surgical procedure and can affect a woman’s hormonal balance and health for the rest of her life. We here at Caring for Women’s Health offer our services in a caring and compassionate manner, with attention paid to the smallest detail and your every need.
What happens to the body after a hysterectomy?
All hysterectomies end a woman’s ability to become pregnant. If you have not entered menopause, and you have your ovaries removed, you can expect to immediately enter menopause. This is referred to as surgically-induced menopause. However, women who are premenopausal, and who do not have their ovaries removed during a hysterectomy, will continue to produce estrogen.
If you experience surgically-induced menopause, this isn’t the end of the world; but, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats. If these symptoms become bothersome enough that they interfere with your daily life, discuss treatment options with Dr. Davidson. Hormone replacement therapy is the most effective way to control symptoms related to lack of estrogen.
The physical and mental care of a women after a hysterectomy
There are several different types of hysterectomies. All of the uterus, including the cervix, is removed during a total hysterectomy. Only the upper portion of the uterus is removed during a partial hysterectomy, leaving the cervix and the ovaries intact.
With a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the doctor is able, through a small incision, to place a type of camera into the area and perform surgery, guided by the images produced by the tiny camera.
Physical recovery from hysterectomy
Physical recovery from a hysterectomy involves healing from surgery. For most women, your period will stop. It is normal to experience light vaginal bleeding or a brown discharge for four to six weeks following surgery. You may experience some physical discomfort, especially near the incision site, for about four weeks.
During your recovery from a hysterectomy, you should rest and avoid doing housework or lifting heavy objects. Dr. Davidson will discuss postoperative restrictions. It’s important to follow her instructions following your surgery.
We commonly encourage our patients to balance rest with light exercise when recovering from a hysterectomy. Walking is one of the best ways to recover and help your body heal more quickly.
Other activities, such as climbing stairs, may require more patience and care. It’s a good idea to start slowly at first. As you recover, climbing stairs will become easier.
How you may feel after surgery
Many women describe feeling tired and “wiped out.” You may feel this way for up to six weeks after having a hysterectomy. Some women feel emotional and have a sense of low mood. If you feel weak and exhausted, it helps to take naps and frequent rest breaks during the day. These feelings should go away in a short time. Talk to Dr. Davidson if you continue to experience these feelings and symptoms beyond six weeks.
Dr. Lori Davidson and her team share a passion for women’s health and well-being. Knowing what to expect as you recover from a hysterectomy aids in healing. To learn more about what to expect after having a hysterectomy, call our Greenwood, Indiana, office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Davidson.