You've had major surgery - a hysterectomy - whether you stayed several nights in the hospital or came home the same day. It's time to rest and let your body heal. Some pain is normal - as it is your body's way of reminding you to take things slow and easy for a while. Read on for great information.
Post-op Hysterectomy Videos
See video for weeks 1-2
As you are recovering from your hysterectomy during these first few weeks, HysterSisters.com produced this video to help answer frequently asked questions such as: How do I care for my incisions? When do I call my doctor? What can I do? And more!
See video for weeks 3-4
As you are recovering from your hysterectomy during weeks 3 and 4, HysterSisters.com produced this video to help answer frequently asked questions such as: My surgery was 3 weeks ago. Should I feel better? What happens if I do too much? How do I beat the boredom? And more!
See video for weeks 5-6 Hysterectomy Recovery
Your first four weeks are behind you but you may still have questions about intimacy, heading back to work, or feeling less of a woman. Watch this short video produced by HysterSisters.com for help and support during weeks five and six of your hysterectomy recovery.
How Long Will I Hurt after Hysterectomy?
Particularly if you had an abdominal procedure, or any additional repairs along with your hysterectomy, you can expect to experience some degree of pain for several months post-op, although many women report that their significant pain diminished by around the fourth week.
A hysterectomy is a major operation. Internal organs that were not removed were pushed, pulled and rearranged. Even if you are fortunate to have had a “textbook” surgery and were given a “clean bill of health” at your post-op exams, you need to accept the fact that post-op soreness may linger for quite a long time. We are all eager to resume our lives at full capacity. Realistically, however, healing occurs very gradually for most women. Feeling terrific rarely happens all of a sudden. It is more likely that, as the weeks go by, your constant awareness of your sore and achy body becomes less constant and more off-and-on. Read More.
Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery
The HysterSisters Store has gathered products made specifically for your recovery from surgery. Here are the best sellers we can recommend to help you:
- The Great Binder Set - We have made it very easy for you and combined the two best binders and the Silky Sac into a great set to save you money! Our favorite is the Perfect Pocket binder with cold/hot packs!
- Deluxe Hyst Prep Set - As you plan, we've gathered the best products into one set for special pricing.
- Post-Op Panty - These great panties speed recovery, and reduces scarring. They contain a medical-grade silicone panel over incision to reduce scar's apperance while they provide support to weakened muscles and tissues from surgery. Excellent!
- Softest Bra Ever - When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. This is the softest bra ever, in microfiber with no hardware or tags to chafe or dig! The comfort-ribbed underband stays in place gently, so it is perfect for sleeping and lounging.
- HysterSisters Accessory Kit - Are you a HysterSisters fan? This set has a fun collection of HysterSisters items.
- Very Private Moisture - Once your doctor gives you the green light for intimacy, this is the stuff! This is a best selling product with a high rate of permanent, satisfied, repeat customers! Relieves vaginal dryness instantly, protects tissue & enhances intimacy.
"Buy it for the problem, use it for the pleasure."
- HysterSisters Store - Find more products specifically for your recovery in the HysterSisters.com Store!
Help for the Mister
The Hyster Sisters website was created for "women to women" online support for hysterectomy decisions and support providing articles for pre-op, post-op and hormone therapy along with live discussions within the forums of the site.
But we know that the men, the husbands, family members and caretakers of the HysterSisters, lurk online, reading the website, trying to gather information to help them understand what is happening to their wives and girlfriends. They are frightened. They are confused. They want to help.
Mister HysterSisters website offers help and information for the caretakers of the HysterSisters. Please share this information with the man in your life!
Do I Really Have To Wait 6 Weeks for Sex?
Post-op hysterectomy patients are told "nothing in the vagina for six weeks and/or until the doctor exams the stitched vaginal cuff during a routine post-op exam and sees it healing properly.
Post-op hysterectomy patients also tend to experience a heightened sense of libido during this time which makes waiting all the more frustrating.
Libido or not, hysterectomy patients should not put *anything* into their vagina until released by their personal doctor for sexual intercourse. Read More.
When Can I Drive?
Not being able to drive for a couple weeks can leave you stir crazy! Each doctor can have different post op instructions. Some doctors may tell you six to eight weeks after surgery, while others will recommend one week from your post op check. It’s best to check with your doctor about your time frame for driving again.
There are several reasons why driving isn’t allowed. You may be taking pain medications and shouldn’t be driving for that reason. Anesthesia might still be lingering in your system causing your reaction time to be slower than needed. If you were to need to stop suddenly, you could easily hurt yourself, tearing stitches internally from the pressure. Read More.
Can I Do Too Much?
Whether or not you have an abdominal incision with visible staples or stitches, with any type of hysterectomy you will have many healing tissues. It is this internal healing that can take anywhere from six months to a year to be complete.
If you strain yourself too soon, one of the most catastrophic things that can happen is that you can tear some of your stitches. This can result in bleeding, possibly even hemorrhaging.
There are women who had to go back to the hospital requiring emergency surgery and blood transfusions. Read More.
From Hysterectomy Recovery Forums
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