What to Expect Following a Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus and possibly the cervix, lymph nodes, and part of the vagina) is, no doubt, a major surgery. There is no doubt that the recovery will take time and the patient will experience quite a bit of post-operative pain as they heal.


1. Hospital Stay

Patients who undergo an abdominal (in which the uterus is removed via an incision in the lower abdomen) or radical hysterectomy (where your cervix, parts of the vagina, and lymph nodes are removed along with the uterus) can expect a hospital stay of at least 2 to 3 nights. Less intensive vaginal (where the uterus is removed via an incision in the vagina) or laparoscopic (the uterus is removed in pieces via the abdomen) hysterectomies will require at least an overnight stay.

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