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Returning to Real Life After Hysterectomy

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Returning to Real Life after hysterectomyWhen can I return to my normal, every day schedule after my hysterectomy?

As long as the wait may seem, after your hysterectomy it is very important that you give your body the time it needs to heal well. You do not want to do anything that would risk a setback—infection, tear, or otherwise—that will make your healing process longer. It is much easier to heal right the first time than to develop a complication that extends healing.

To help avoid any setbacks in your recovery, you will need to take a break from the following activities until you are cleared by your doctor (usually at your post-op appointment):

You may also need to curtail volunteer, school, and neighborhood activities. Your primary focus during recovery will be resting so you can heal and recover.

By the time you see your doctor for your post op appointment (4–8 weeks after your hysterectomy), it can feel like you have put your life on hold for ages. At the appointment, be sure to ask about each activity and when you can resume it. If you have healed well, you may be released at that appointment for almost everything.

Even when you're clear to resume, however, you’ll want to ease back into normal life, slowly adding tasks to your day. It will take some time before you have all of your energy and stamina back. For several more weeks, you could still feel achy, swollen, and tired at the end of the day.

It's also important to get plenty of rest and save your strength for the most important things. If you work all day, for instance, you may not have enough energy to attend a function in the evening. Many HysterSisters even start back to work on a part-time basis, increasing their hours as they feel better. Rather than jumping back into all of your volunteer endeavors, choose one or two until you are further into your recovery.

It won’t be unusual, after a full day of chores or work, to fall into bed earlier than normal for a few weeks. It will take time to completely adjust back to normal life. Though you can usually return to most activities after six weeks, fatigue can still be your sidekick for several months. Remember, it may take six months to a year before you are completely healed. So take it slow, take it easy, and recover well. Your body will thank you!

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.

12-11-2013 - 06:44 PM


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