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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.

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

  1. I only 2 weeks from vaginal hysterectomy and bowel prolapse repair u still in a lot of pain back hips and both side of my groin only just opened my bowels with help of laxatives when will u start to feel bit more normal ???

  2. I am 3 months post hysterectomy, ovaries taken as well as uterus. Been recovering well and quite active, back at work a month as DM in a Sports Arena and has been very full on. I still get some shooting pains in my lower tummy and my lower back n hips ache some days. Is this all normal?

  3. I am week 7 after total hystercompy age 54 due to endromstrus. No hrt feeling well the odd pain now again but lesson to learn rest and hold back from work until week 7

  4. I am 2 days shy of the 2 week post op full abdominal hysterectomy + appendix (I had stage 4 endometriosis, even on appendix, so they took it as well), and I have to say, knock on wood, but so far so good. I feel barely any pain what so ever, the only way I can even tell that I had the surgery, is my incision sight is still tender. I was on my own after hospitals release at 2 days, which may have forced this situation… but I have zero complaints, and I’m no spring chicken, at 43.
    Just wanted to share my experience thus far.
    Good luck Ladies!

  5. I will be 11 weeks post op (TAH + ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix removed – i.e EVERYTHING) & find that usually the day AFTER I have done any walking of say 20mins+ (gentle pace, with slight increase in heart rate) I get either a stabbing pain shooting across my belly or feel what I can only describe as a continuous dull ache under my ‘apron’. Only way to be comfortable was to lie down. So as yet I have not really managed many consecutive days with exercise..
    Have been under pressure to return to work – tried on a phased basis, but too soon at 6.5 weeks – but I really don’t know what is ‘normal’ to expect.
    Are the aches/pains I get the ‘norm’ & should I continue to rest?? I feel as if I have just been left to get on. I have no follow up appointments with surgeon/consultant, presumably because it’s all been taken away?

    1. I had radical hysterectomy 9 weeks ago, still get the odd pain after
      Exercise but it improves every day. Feel quite good overall. Go to your GP or contact the hospital where it was done sure you are fine as it can take a long time but get some reassurance and a check up .take care

  6. is it normal after having key hole hysterectomy when you go back to work to still be having bad stomach pains after 7 weeks after the op do i need to go back to docs

  7. I am 12 weeks post TAH tomorrow,I had complications post surgery,I had internal bleed and need blood transfusion plus my bowel stopped working (Ileus) and I had to be tubed. At the same time, my parents and sister were on the way to see me when they were hit head on by another driver ,my mum was killed and dad and sister critically injured! I have returned to work part time just for my own sanity but today I’m having burning pain right side at end of incision line plus tummy feels sore,Dr can’t see me till tomorrow. Any ideas what may be causing it please ? X

    1. Christine just saw you post, I hope you got sorted as it is now JUly 15th. I had full hysterectomy and a, 9 weeks in still have discomfort but no pain. Your situation was tragic please take care of yourself

    2. Bless you how sad about your family.. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling. I went in for a key hole op to remove my ovaries, fallopian tubes and to take away a cyst and polyp. They made a hole in my uterus and blood poured into my stomach..then had to have an emergency hysterectomy whilst doing this they cut into my bowel. My poor husband collapsed when they told him with shock and broke 2 ribs. I really do feel for you and so hope you are feeling better soon. My incision line is sore but I am only at weeks. Good luck with your recovery and pray your dad and sister are getting sad about your mum!

    3. Hi Christine so sad to here of you’re story hope you are getting lots of help and support iam at home recovering from my hysterectomy take care I think you are amazing

  8. 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

    1. Hi
      I’m 3 weeks in as well and got terrible pains in my tummy, sides and back. Been resting all day with ice packs which seem to help until removed then I have pain again. I had full hysterectomy (everything removed).

  9. 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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