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Showering after Hysterectomy

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Showering after HysterectomyWhat do I need to know about showering after surgery?

Regardless of the type of surgery, most surgeons will only permit showering (as opposed to bathing) for at least a few weeks after surgery. Here are a few recommendations to make sure your post-op showers go smoothly and your incision(s) stays dry.

One thing to consider when showering is the water temperature. Hot water can cause dizziness and/or light-headedness, which could cause you to fall. It's really best to keep showers on the warm side and save the hot showers for after you recover.

Shorter showers may also be better during this time. The longer you stand, the more tired and weak you could become. Some HysterSisters have found sitting on a stool in the shower is helpful. If you need to, keep a chair in the bathroom so you can sit for a bit after you shower. Once you feel steady, you can continue to dry off and dress. If you need a stool or chair, be sure to ask someone else to put it in place for you.

Especially in the early days, it is a good idea to have someone close by in case you need them during or after your shower. You may also need assistance stepping in and out of the tub.

If you have external incisions, you will want to protect them from being hit directly by the spray of water. Small incisions can be covered with bandaids; larger ones will need a larger bandage. After your shower, you can remove the bandage and pat the incision dry before covering it again.

Until your internal and external incisions are healed, you will need to put your baths on hold and keep your showers to a reasonable temperature and length. After your doctor gives you the OK, then you can have a long, hot soak in a bath full of bubbles!

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.

11-20-2013 - 07:31 PM


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