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Visitors at the Hospital for Hysterectomy

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Visitors at the hospital after hysterectomyShould I allow visitors while I am in the hospital?

Whether or not to have visitors following your hysterectomy can be a personal decision. Some women do not want anyone to see them in the hospital, while others need the emotional support of seeing family and friends.

Even after leaving the recovery room, you may not be awake enough to visit with anyone. More than likely, having your advocate close by will be all that you need. Pushing yourself to visit with those who want to drop by can cause unnecessary stress and prevent you from getting the rest you need to recover well.

Your stay is likely to be a short one, so there really won’t be a lot of time for visiting. For very close family and friends, decide which ones will be of help to you in the hospital. You don’t want company who will cause you stress and anxiety. If there are particular people you want to see you, ask that they call your advocate first to see when you are up to visitors. Your advocate can then let those close ones know when you are coherent enough for a short visit.

Be aware that children could be traumatized by the machines, IVs, and even seeing you lying in a hospital bed. Additionally, not all medical facilities allow children to visit, even your own. For the sake of you and the children, be wise when deciding if young ones should visit during your stay. A phone call might be a better way to let children know you are doing well.

For the majority of people, suggest that they drop by your house with a covered dish once you are home rather than visit in the hospital when you may not be up to seeing anyone. You can also let the hospital and your doctor know you don’t want visitors, and they can help screen who is allowed in your room.

The purpose of your hospital stay is to be sure your organs wake up from anesthesia, your pain is managed, and your vitals signs are normal. Monitoring by nursing staff, learning to use the restroom on your own again, and walking as you are able won’t leave much time for leisure visits with family and friends. Instead, plan to visit after you are in your own home.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-11-2013 - 01:25 PM


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