The road to recovery after a hysterectomy can be a daunting task, but if you follow the right path, you will surely get fully recovered in a month’s time.
If you are planning to have the hysterectomy done, you will have to make sure that you are completely aware of all the precautions and repercussions. Scientifically, hysterectomy means surgical removal of the womb, which does not take more than a few hours. In addition to the womb, the doctor may also remove the allied reproductive organs depending on the severity of the ailment. These other organs that may be removed are ovaries, oviducts, cervix, lymph channels and lymph nodes.
After hysterectomy, your life will change completely—you will not get your periods and you will not be able to bear children. Most women have hysterectomy after the age of 55, but there are some women who prefer to have hysterectomy done after the age of 40.
On the Road to Recovery after hysterectomy
After hysterectomy, you will have a brief recovery period in the hospital followed by the recovery at home. In the hospital you have nurses who will take care of you and guide you with the things that you have to do and the things that you don’t have to do. In other words, the nurses will give you the dos and don’ts of your life.
After a hysterectomy, you may find it very difficult to get up after a night’s sleep. There is pain and tiredness associated with hysterectomy when you lie on the bed for long hours. The doctor will give you painkillers that will reduce the pain to some extent, but you cannot take these medications for a long time. Most painkillers have undesirable side effects if they are taken in for a long time.
Bowel and bladder disturbances
You will find that after hysterectomy, bowel and bladder disturbances are quite common. You will have to make sure that you eat fibrous food so there your bowel movement is smooth. In some women, bowel and bladder disturbances can also lead to constipation and urinary tract infections.
There are some menopausal symptoms that are seen after hysterectomy. Some of these symptoms are hot flushes, anxiety, sweating and weepiness. Although these symptoms are quite temporary, they can be quite disturbing in the regular routine that you are following. There is always as sense of loss or sadness when you undergo hysterectomy. This is something that you will have to take with a pinch of salt.
Getting back to Normal
All ladies who have undergone hysterectomy will want to get back to normal in the shortest span of time. However, there are some restrictions and rules that a lady needs to follow during the recovery time. If you are accustomed to lifting heavy goods, then you will have to wait for at least four to eight weeks before you lift any heavy object. It is always recommended that you lift smaller weights after four weeks of your recovery. Then, check to see if you are having any problems due to the lifting task. If you don’t, then you can continue to perform the lifting tasks. If you have problems such as pains or aches, then you will have to immediately consult your doctor.