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Hysterectomy Recovery Tips

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Tips for hysterectomy recoveryIf you are recovering from a hysterectomy, you may wonder if there is a list - a checklist - that you can follow. Of course there is! Here are recovery tips to help you establish your plan of healing. As the HysterSisters say: You only have one chance to heal right. Do it well - Otherwise the consequences are delayed recovery or additional surgery.

Hang up the cape

Your Superwoman duties are going to have to be put on hold for a while. This is the time to accept and rely on help from others so you can heal!

Rest up

Don’t underestimate the power of rest during recovery. It may feel like that’s all you do for a couple weeks, but that’s what your body needs. Even when you start feeling well enough to be up and about, your body will still need frequent rest breaks.

Read up

While you’re resting, you might want to go over your post-op instructions again so you know how to care for yourself and how to respond if complications arise. The moment when an emergency arises is not the time to be shuffling through paperwork—be prepared ahead of time!

Love your tummy

If your tummy is a bit tender, try applying ice packs, and wearing a binder. If you start to see some swelling, this is your body’s way of telling you that you’re doing too much too soon.

Watch your incisions

Whether they are big or small, your incisions need special attention. Keep them clean and dry, and report any signs of infection: redness, pus, or hot skin.

Check your plumbing

If you’re feeling a bit plugged up, you can get things moving by eating high-fiber foods, drinking plenty of water, and going on daily walks. Your doctor can provide extra help if those don’t help.

Eat well

Even if you have the appetite of a seasick sparrow, it is still important that you eat. Simple, nutrient-rich foods are usually a good place to start.


Consider water your elixir of life through recovery and beyond. It will help your body function properly, flush out toxins, and prompt convenient bathroom trips that require you to walk.

Move with caution

You will probably need to adjust some of your body mechanics after surgery to avoid straining your surgical site. As you make these adjustments, be careful not to injure other areas of your body in the process. Think like a tortoise—slow and steady wins the race!

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11-18-2013 - 06:55 PM


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