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How can I aid my recovery after a hysterectomy?

To aid your recovery after a hysterectomy you need to walk occasionally, even several times, on the same day as the surgery. Moving around helps decrease your risk for blood clots. If you need pain medication so that you can move around, it's important to take that. People start feeling significantly better one to two weeks after surgery.

It's very important that you don't lift, push or pull more than 10 pounds, place nothing in the vagina, and don't use bath tubs or hot tubs for 4-6 weeks and until you've had an exam by a doctor.
Any surgery will leave you feeling tired. Your body is healing. Try these tips to help speed the process after a hysterectomy:
  • Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. Rest throughout the day.
  • Eat well-balanced, healthy meals.
  • Tell your family what they can do to help you get the rest you need.
  • Call your doctor if you become more tired (rather than less) each day or if you're dizzy for more than a few seconds at a time.
After a hysterectomy, cooperate when you're asked to get up and walk after surgery. You'll recover faster and won't have as many problems with gas. Once you're home, don't lift heavy objects or walk up stairs too soon after surgery. If you've had an abdominal incision, edema (swelling) may make your abdomen look like it sags; with time, this will subside. Stick to a healthy, nutritious diet, not a weight-loss diet, while recovering from surgery. After your surgeon has cleared you for normal activity, exercise to tighten your muscles, build up strength and endurance and improve sleep.

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