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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Your Home Recovery

When you leave the hospital, you’ll receive instructions on caring for yourself at home. Following these instructions helps ensure a faster recovery. It often takes about 1 week to 4 weeks to recover from laparoscopic hysterectomy. But recovery time varies for each woman.

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Taking care of yourself

Follow these tips to make your recovery as safe and comfortable as possible:

  • To prevent constipation, eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water. Your healthcare provider may advise that you use a laxative or a mild stool softener.

  • Ask your friends and family to help with chores and errands while you recover.

  • Don't lift anything over 10 pounds to prevent straining your incisions.

  • Don't get your incisions wet until your provider says it’s OK to do so.

  • Don't put anything in your vagina until your provider says it’s safe to do so. This includes using tampons and douches and having sex.

  • Schedule follow-up visits with your provider.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these:

  • Chills or a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as advised

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge

  • Trouble urinating or a burning feeling during urination

  • Severe belly (abdominal) pain or bloating

  • An incision site that is red, swollen, or draining smelly fluid

  • Trouble breathing or fainting

  • Swollen painful leg

Online Medical Reviewer: Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: Heather Trevino
Online Medical Reviewer: Irina Burd MD PhD
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2020
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