How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy?

Dr. Niloufer Kero, MD
Niloufer Kero, MD from Oak Hill Hospital, describes that recovery from a hysterectomy depends on the type of surgery a patient receives.
Mary Olender, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The recovery time of a hysterectomy really depends on the type of hysterectomy and surgery access, suggests Mary Olender, MD of West Hills Hospital and Medical Center. Watch this video to learn more.
Amanda S. Hess, DO
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
In this video, OBGYN Amanda Hess, MD, at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, explains the range of time that may be needed to recover from a hysterectomy.
Depending on the procedure and the patient, it can take three to four weeks to recover from a hysterectomy, says Cynthia Davis, MD, of Englewood Community Hospital. Watch this video to learn more.
Kimberly N. Crittenden, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Hysterectomies are commonly performed and, generally, take about six weeks to heal, says Kimberly Crittenden, MD, with Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. In this video, she talks about the different types of hysterectomy and the healing process.
Dawn G. Mayo, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The recovery period of a hysterectomy depends on the type of procedure that is used. In this video, Dawn Mayo, MD, an OBGYN at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, explains the length of recovery for each type of hysterectomy. 
Sarah L. Miller, DO
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The recovery time following a hysterectomy depends on the invasiveness of the surgery, according to Sarah Miller, DO, in OBGYN and robotic surgery at St. Petersburg General Hospital. Learn about the different types of procedures in this video.
Darcy N. Bryan, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The recovery time from a hysterectomy depends on the type of procedure. In this video, Darcy Bryan, MD, of Riverside Community Hospital, explains the time off required for each procedure.
Kristine A. Borrison, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Recovery from a hysterectomy varies from two to eight weeks. Find out what influences recovery time from a hysterectomy in this video from gynecologist Kristine Borrison, MD, of Good Samaritan Hospital. 
Juliet E. Leman, DO
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
It depends on the type of hysterectomy, but overall it takes six weeks for a full recovery. Sometimes we are able to get people back to work after 2-3 weeks if they have a non-strenuous desk job.
Today, most women are candidates for an outpatient laparoscopic or robotic procedure. My patients generally go home within hours of surgery with 3 or 4 tiny bandages on their belly. Many women express concern that such a quick discharge is not only inhumane, but also potentially dangerous. Be assured that hospitals that routinely discharge women hours after hysterectomy have strict protocols in place to make sure that it is safe to do so. Far from being cruel, most women who are eligible prefer going home hours after surgery knowing they will be far more comfortable in their own beds, eating their own food, and peeing in the privacy of their own bathrooms.

The majority of my patients report that they feel “like nothing happened” within two weeks or less after the day of surgery.

Recovering from a hysterectomy takes time. Most women stay in the hospital from 1 to 2 days for post-surgery care. Some women may stay longer, often when the hysterectomy is done because of cancer.

The time it takes for you to resume normal activities depends on the type of surgery. If you had:

Abdominal surgery. Recovery takes from 4 to 6 weeks. You will gradually be able to increase your activities. Vaginal or laparoscopic surgery. Recovery takes 3 to 4 weeks.

You should get plenty of rest and not lift heavy objects for a full 6 weeks after surgery. About 6 weeks after either surgery, you should be able to take tub baths and resume sexual intercourse. Research has found that women with a good sex life before hysterectomy can maintain it after the surgery.

This answer is based on source information from National Women's Health Information Center.

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

The recovery time from a hysterectomy depends on how the hysterectomy was performed as well as how well a patient deals with postoperative pain. I tell my patients that if they are having a total abdominal hysterectomy that this could be a good 5-6 week recovery. If they are having a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, 3-4 week recovery. If they are having a vaginal hysterectomy, 3 week recovery. If they are having a laparoscopic or single-incision laparoscopic hysterectomy, probably a 1-2 week recovery.

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