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Hospital Stay? How Long after Hysterectomy?

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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.

01-21-2016 - 11:01 PM


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