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How did you prepare for your post-op appointment following your hysterectomy?


On average, your post-hysterectomy checkup will be about four to six weeks after surgery. The exact timing can depend on several variables including the type of surgery you had. In some cases, surgeons may even request that the appointment not be made until the eighth week of recovery. Regardless of when your appointment is scheduled, don’t hesitate to call your surgeon’s office sooner if you have any questions or concerns. Extensive pain, bleeding, and fever are all reasons to touch base with your doctor sooner rather than later.

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What questions did you ask at your post-op hysterectomy appointment?


It is easy to feel overwhelmed at your post-op appointment! So many questions and so little time! What if you forget something? One of the best things you can do for a stress-free post-op appointment is to write down a list of questions ahead of time so you can have it with you at your appointment.

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How soon after your hysterectomy were you allowed to have alcohol?


The rule for this varies from patient to patient. In general, alcohol should be avoided for at least the first 48 hours after your hysterectomy. From there, it can depend on a variety of factors. Some HysterSisters have been allowed alcohol at one week post-op, others have had to wait several weeks.

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What’s the best piece of post-op advice you were given before your hysterectomy?


You will probably be more comfortable if you bring your own pillow from home. Finding a pillow to support your tummy is a bit trickier. Tummy pillows should be smaller and softer than a throw pillow, which can be difficult to find. If you know anyone who sews, maybe you can ask them to make you one! Experiment with pillows before the operation; I found it difficult to get comfortable with too large a pillow under my tummy. Some people recommend getting a “body pillow” that supports the whole length of your body.

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Sluggish bowels following your hysterectomy? What helped get your bowels moving after your hysterectomy?


Following your hysterectomy, you may find you deal with some uncomfortable and painful bowel issues. You may have slow or sluggish bowels from anesthesia, and medications and dietary changes could contribute to some constipation after hysterectomy, too. You may begin to wonder how long before you will have a bowel movement after your hysterectomy. To help combat these issues and encourage bowel function, there are some foods and drinks which can help get your bowel working again and ease the constipation and pressure.

In general, most fruits and vegetables will help get things moving. You can eat them fresh, dried, cooked, or in juices and smoothies. Beans, whole grains, nuts, and seeds can also stimulate your bowel. On the other hand, too many dairy products, foods high in fat, and being dehydrated can worsen your bowel issues.

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Did you have a fever following your hysterectomy?


It is not unusual to have a low grade fever after a hysterectomy, but a higher temperature could indicate a problem. Though you do not need to monitor your temperature every hour on the hour during your recovery, it is a good idea to take your temperature a couple times a day so you can keep an eye on it.

A slightly elevated temperature can occur following a hysterectomy because of inflammation that results from surgery and healing. This type of fever usually resolves on its own within a couple days. On the other hand, a higher temperature could indicate you have an infection or another complication. In addition, symptoms of a fever, even when you don’t have an elevated temperature, could indicate there is a concern that requires medical attention.

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How did you minimize scarring after your hysterectomy? What tips did you find helpful to help your scarring?


Some women wear their hysterectomy scars proudly, while others don’t seem to think much about them at all. Many women, however, hate the sight of their scars and feel intensely self-conscious about them—rightfully so. There is a great deal of advice on this subject. Some of it amounts to little more than old wives’ tales—a waste of money and time—but there are some methods and products that many women report do make a difference.

Everyone scars differently. Some skin types and colors produce more visible scars, no matter what you do. And the closure method used by your surgeon and the care and expertise he or she employs in the process certainly have a great impact on the eventual appearance of your scar(s) as well. But how you care for your incisions and scars can make a difference, too.

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Did your libido change after your hysterectomy?


You can generally expect a lot of fluctuation in your libido throughout the first year or so of hysterectomy recovery. Much of this is caused by hormone changes, but there are other causes as well.

For the first two weeks or so, you will probably be so tired that intimacy won’t even cross your mind. After a few weeks, however, you might experience a strong surge in your libido. These urges may be difficult to fight, but fight them you must until your doctor gives you the OK to resume sexual activity (generally no earlier than six weeks).

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How did you prepare for your post-op appointment?


On average, your post-hysterectomy checkup will be about four to six weeks after surgery. The exact timing can depend on several variables including the type of surgery you had. In some cases, surgeons may even request that the appointment not be made until the eighth week of recovery. Regardless of when your appointment is scheduled, don’t hesitate to call your surgeon’s office sooner if you have any questions or concerns. Extensive pain, bleeding, and fever are all reasons to touch base with your doctor sooner rather than later.

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What topics did you discuss with your surgeon at your post-op appointment?


It is easy to feel overwhelmed at your post-op appointment! So many questions and so little time! What if you forget something? One of the best things you can do for a stress-free post-op appointment is to write down a list of questions ahead of time so you can have it with you at your appointment.

Not sure what to ask? Here are some suggestions from the HysterSisters:

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