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Fever after Hysterectomy

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Fever after hysterectomy
Is it normal to have a fever after a 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.

There are several conditions which could cause a fever after a hysterectomy. These can include a deep venous thrombosis (DVT), pneumonia, surgical site infection, urinary tract infection, seroma, hematoma, pulmonary embolism, vaginal cuff cellulitis, and more.

While a low grade fever (one less than 100.4° F or 38° C) can be normal, if it persists for several days you should call your doctor. A temperature above 100.4° F or 38° C warrants a call to your doctor, even if you have no other symptoms. Any fever accompanied by nausea, vomiting, chills, confusion, shortness of breath, new pain, or a strong vaginal odor also needs discussed with your doctor. You should also call your doctor if you have a fever and your incision is red, hot, oozing, or odorous. Urination pain and issues along with a fever also warrant a call to your doctor.

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.

06-24-2015 - 08:50 PM


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