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How long will it take me to recover?

A doctor or gynaecologist will normally say that it takes around six weeks to recover from an abdominal hysterectomy.

However, our anecdotal evidence suggests that the vast majority of women are off work for around 13 weeks if they have an abdominal hysterectomy, when they do return to work they may do so part time for a while. If you have a vaginal hysterectomy, the recovery time is much reduced because you have no abdominal incision – however you will still need to recover internally and again our anecdotal evidence suggests that eight to ten weeks is normal.

Your return to work will also be affected by the type of work that you do, therefore if you do heavy work or are standing for much of the day, or it is particularly stressful, you may need to take longer before considering going back.

326 thoughts on “How long will it take me to recover?

  1. i have got pain in my right leg at the top is that nerve damage after having a hysterectomy and i am still waking up at night with stomach pains i am 3weeks in

  2. I am 12 weeks post op from having a sub-total hysterectomy which left my cervix’s and ovarie’s still intact. I got no information when discharged from hospital so didn’t know what was normal and what wasn’t. I have read many forums on what to expect to help me through this as I still have pain on my right side of my belly button which I have had to push for this checking and have a scan booked on 4th May 2016. A Dr may say you can return to work after 6 wks of having your op but at the end of the day, depending on the work you do, the reality is you can’t, you know your own body better than anyone else and it’s now you need to listen to it. Rest often up until 6 weeks then start building up to normality from there. Things I didn’t know was the “elastic band twanging” feeling you got around your lower tummy which is the nerves coming back to life. This started 4 wks after my op and I still have a few sensations of the “twangs” but not as often now. The pain in the bone area of my hips has now passed this started from day 1 of getting up until 10 wks post op, this is due to the swelling of the internal organs and they are settling back down(so I’ve been told) The problem with this kind of op is that everyone is different so there is no “normal” you just need to listen to what your body is telling you, rest more than you would normally and give your body time to heal. Most people think of this op as a trip to dentist but you need to remember that you body has been through a lot of trauma and everyone heals at different rates.

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