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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Your Home RecoveryHisterectom­a laparosc³pica: Su recuperaci³n en casa

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Your Home Recovery

When you leave the hospital, you'll receive instructions on caring for yourself at home. Following these instructions helps ensure a faster recovery. It often takes about 1 to 4 weeks to recover from laparoscopic hysterectomy. But recovery time varies from woman to woman.

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Taking Care of Yourself

Follow these tips to make your recovery as safe and comfortable as possible:

  • To avoid constipation, eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water. Your doctor may suggest that you use a laxative or a mild stool softener.

  • Ask your friends and family to help with chores and errands while you recover.

  • Do not lift anything over 20 pounds to avoid straining your incisions.

  • Do not get your incisions wet until your doctor says it's okay to do so.

  • Do not put anything in the vagina until your doctor says it's safe to do so. This includes using tampons and douches and having sexual intercourse.

  • Schedule follow-up visits with your doctor.

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When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • Chills or a fever of 100.4°F or higher.

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge.

  • Difficulty urinating or burning during urination.

  • Severe abdominal pain or bloating.

  • A red, swollen, or draining incision site.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

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