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Hospital Discharge Instructions after Hysterectomy

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What type of discharge instructions will I be given following my hysterectomy?What type of discharge instructions will I be given following my hysterectomy?

When you are discharged from the hospital following your hysterectomy, you should be given some paperwork regarding post-operative instructions. These should include when to call the doctor and some do's and don’ts for hysterectomy recovery.

In case you were not given much information or you have misplaced your paperwork, here are some of the basics you need to know after you are discharged from the hospital. If you ever have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call your doctor for clarification.

Reasons to call the doctor:

Your doctor should have given you a list of symptoms that warrant medical attention. Some of those include the following:
  • Fever
  • Excessive vaginal bleeding or vaginal odor
  • Uncontrolled or increasing pain
  • Hot, red, or oozing incision
  • Unable to urinate or pain with urination
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, or difficulty breathing
  • Swelling, redness, tenderness, or pain in your leg or arm

Dos and Don’ts at home.

When going home after your hysterectomy, you will be given a list of restrictions. What's allowed after your hysterectomy and how long you will have restrictions can depend on the type of hysterectomy. In general, you should not drive, engage in intimate activities, lift anything over 10 pounds, or bathe until released by your surgeon. For a minimally invasive surgery, this could be up to 4 weeks after your hysterectomy. For an abdominal surgery or those involving a vaginal cuff, you may be restricted for up to 6 weeks. You definitely cannot drive after a hysterectomy while taking narcotics.

You should also drink plenty of fluids and water, eat as healthy as possible, and walk a little bit each day. Because housework such as vacuuming and other strenuous actives are not allowed, let others help you. Especially in the initial days of recovery, you need your rest.

If you have external incisions, you should keep them clean and covered, but do not use any products on them without talking to your doctor. You should also avoid constipation to avoid causing stress and pressure on internal incisions.

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Your HysterSisters are ready to offer you hysterectomy recovery tips and support. Join your Hysterectomy Recovery thread to connect with others who had surgery during the same week, and post your questions in the Main Hysterectomy Recovery Support forum. Also, don’t forget to check out the Hysterectomy Recovery articles where you will find a wealth of helpful information.

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.

06-27-2015 - 05:57 PM


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