HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Pre-Op Hysterectomy Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


Hospital Stay? How Long after Hysterectomy?

From the Pre-Op Hysterectomy Articles List

Hospital Stay?  How Long after Hysterectomy?I am having a hysterectomy soon and am trying to make plans. How long will I say in the hospital?

If you have an upcoming hysterectomy, you’re probably trying to make plans and get ready. One of the questions you may be trying to figure out is, “How long will I be in the hospital?”

Some women hope to go home as soon as possible, while others want to stay in the hospital as long as they can. How long you'll need to stay will depend on a number of variables. There are general time lines for various hysterectomy types, but a lot of factors come into play for each woman. In some cases, women will have surgery in the morning and be at home in her own bed that evening. Others may stay as long as 23 hours, keeping it to outpatient even if that involves an overnight stay. And then there can be those who will definitely be required to be admitted for a night or two or even three.

Here are just some of the factors that affect how long your hospital stay will be.
  • Type of hysterectomy: The more invasive your surgery, the longer your hospital stay might be.
  • Anesthesia: Some types of anesthesia can have longer last effects, so your surgeon may want to keep you longer to be sure everything is functioning again.
  • Your vitals: If your vital signs are not what they should be, you won’t be released.
  • Pain control: If your pain is not under control, you may be kept longer.
  • Overall health: Your overall health situation can play a role in the length of your stay; if you have certain chronic health conditions, you may need to stay longer.
  • Additional procedures: Your stay can depend on what all is done besides the actual hysterectomy, so if you have additional repairs you may need a longer stay.
  • Surgeon’s experience: Your surgeon will take into consideration experiences with prior patients to help determine a general time frame.
  • Hospital policies: Some facilities may be willing to release patients sooner while others may be extra cautious.
  • Insurance company: Yes, they may want you home quickly to save money, but they don't want you coming back through the ER with complications.
  • Where you live: In some countries, a hospital stay will automatically be longer than in others.
Keep in mind, there can be a number of reasons to want to stay, such as being monitored 24/7 by nursing staff. On the other hand, that type of care can disrupt your sleep and cost you some privacy. You can also become exposed to a wide variety of bacteria, illnesses, and such in a hospital since that's the place for really sick people. Going home can let you relax in your own environment and keep you away from some people who are sicker than you.

Before your hysterectomy, you can talk to your doctor about the guesstimated time you will be required to stay in the hospital before going home. You can also ask what the criteria will be for being released. Besides normal vital signs and your pain being under control, you may need to be able to urinate, pass gas, walk, and eat solid foods.

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.

01-22-2016 - 12:01 AM


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!

HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

HysterSisters Articles

Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor

Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Jack Ayoub, M.D.
44035 Riverside Parkway
Suite 435
Leesburg VA 20176
Mayra J. Thompson, M.D.
5323 Harry Hines Blvd Dept OBGYN
Dallas TX 75290
Mark Richey, M.D.
1200 Airport Heights
Ste 205
Anchorage AK 99508
Jenifer Burkhalter, M.D.
8170 Laguna Blvd #304
Elk Grove CA 95758
heath miller, M.D.
4245 Roosevelt Way NE
suite 4
seattle WA 98105
206-598-5500 ext 8
Charles Miller, M.D.
120 Osler Drive
Suite 100
Naperville IL 60540
Debra Richardson, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
Siobhan Kehoe, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
Antonio Gargiulo, M.D.
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston MA 02115


Hysterectomy News

December 5,2021


HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive


Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays

Request Information

I am a HysterSister


Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours


Your Hysterectomy Date

CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing