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Typically, after any type of hyst they have you stay in bed the first night. You'll have a catheter so you don't have to get up to urinate. Then, the next day, they'll remove it and have you attempt to go on your own. From that moment onward, you'll be encouraged to get out of bed and take little walks... and will continue that when you get home. Staying in bed much longer than that can mean an increased risk of blood clots, which of course you'd want to avoid after surgery.
Hi. I was in bed the first 2 days because I was in ICU due to the length and complications of my surgery (had an umbilical hernia repair at the same time.) After that, I spent most of my time out of bed as it was more comfortable to sit and walk than to lie down.
The staff will encourage you to get up and move around a lot which is the best way to start building up your strength and healing. I even did my walking with the catheter and epidural still in me!
I was up the morning after my proceedure. I had a catheter in for 3 days and they still wanted me up and moving around. I had a walker but I wandered the halls once a day. After my catheter was removed I was up much more often because I started getting incredibly bored just lying in bed.
I should have said, how long will I need to stay in bed, after I get home? There are so many posts about setting up your "recovery room", it's got me wondering how long I can expect to lay around once I get home.
Unless you have pretty serious complications, you won't be staying in bed at home. You will, however, need to take it easy for several weeks. For me, that meant a lot of sitting in the recliner (which was my most comfy spot) watching movies, punctuated by getting up and taking short walks around the house and then the neighborhood. It meant no lifting anything heavy and having to ask people to help with the laundry and shopping and cleaning, but I was never told to stay in bed - in fact, I was told to stay up and about, just take it very easy.
I think what you may be seeing is planning for how to get in and out of bed, which can be challenging if you have an abdominal incision. But a "sickroom" is definitely not needed, imho.
I had SAH. They told me to try to walk as much as I could. It really helps to heal, plus there is a smaller possibility of adhesions. First it hurts, esopecially getting up and then lying down again, but it gets better and better each day. It's my 13th day post-op and I still need to lie down every now and then, but I try to stay up longer. Listen to your body and don't overdo it. You'll be fine.
I was told to not stay in bed once home and gradually start doing things you usually do in your everyday life but it is very important to take things very slow and no lifting. You must do short walks throughout the day but rest when you are tired. And most of all remember you have had major surgery and it will take a lot out of you so don't expect miracles you will feel good one day and maybe not so good the other. But you will get there. Good luck and let us know how things go.
And I had an Abdominal hysterectomy where they took everything and I am getting there even though I still get some pain but moving alot easier now.