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Hysterectomy recovery is a very delicate process, and it should not be rushed. There are, however, things that you can do after surgery to make sure that the natural healing process goes well and to minimize any possible complications that might delay a healthy recovery. Even in following all aftercare instructions, remember that full hysterectomy recovery will still take considerable time.
A hysterectomy involves removing a woman’s uterus through a surgical procedure. When the uterus is the only organ removed, the surgery is referred to as a partial hysterectomy; a full hysterectomy involves the removal of the uterus, the ovaries and the fallopian tubes. This is not usually an emergency operation, and it is often done to remove cancerous growths or fibroid tumors or to correct other complications when doctors deem surgery to be the solution. Generally speaking, a woman remains in the hospital anywhere from two to four days after surgery, but full hysterectomy recovery is a gradual process that usually takes several months.
Following all of your doctor’s instructions for post-operative hysterectomy care is very important. Doing so is the best way to avoid infection after surgery and to assure a full, healthy recovery. The side effects of hysterectomy, such as weight gain, hair loss, insomnia and depression, might continue beyond the physical recovery period. These side effects are associated with hormonal imbalances caused by removal of the reproductive organs, but they are not permanent and are treatable under a doctor’s care.
To lessen the chances of infection and naturally assist the body in hysterectomy recovery, a good diet and plenty of rest are necessary. Eating lots of natural fruits and vegetables helps to assure that you are gaining important vitamins and minerals, which are helpful to the overall healing process. During hysterectomy recovery, avoid foods that constipate and cause straining during bowel movements. Also, for the first few days after surgery, avoid carbonated drinks that cause gas. If constipation becomes a problem, you should consult a physician, but stool softeners, which might burden the intestines, should be avoided.
Another very good way of stimulating recovery after a hysterectomy is to laugh and have fun as much as possible. Doing so will be uncomfortable and might even hurt, but emotional hysterectomy recovery is just as important as physical recovery. Many women experience strong bouts of depression after surgery and lingering feelings of loss. Attempting to counteract this by watching comedies, reading inspirational literature, enjoying time with friends and other pleasurable activities can help in keeping these feelings at bay.
After you have been released from the hospital after hysterectomy, you should rest as much as possible for at least two weeks. During this time, friends and family members should be relied on to do your cooking, cleaning, errands and other daily tasks. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities, including sexual activity, should be avoided for at least six weeks after surgery. Not adhering to these instructions might actually delay your hysterectomy recovery or even cause complications.
What are good vitamins to take after a radical hysterectomy? My doctor has not told me anything. I am 51 and had a very large tumor removed, so he did a complete surgical hysterectomy.
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