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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.

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

  1. Hi I,m having an abdominal hysterectomy & having everything taking away next week. It shows on here how everybody heals different as some heal better than others. I’m looking at recovery to be same as my 3 C-sections, although my last was 18 years ago. I’m 40 & I go gym everyday so i’m hoping I’ve helped myself to recover better due to pre exercising…fingers crossed!!

    1. Hi. All the best for your op. I had mine a TAH 3 weeks ago. I was very fit pre op – I run and X train 5-6 times a week BUT I’m taking 3 months out and even then I know I will be almost starting again albeit due to my fitness levels it won’t take that long to build up again. It’s great you’re already fit but please allow your body to recover quickly. It’s not only healing outside but very much so inside. Good luck.

    2. Hi Kim and others who’ve posted about going back to work after 2 weeks. Please don’t! The hospital will sign you off for 6 weeks minimum as it is a major operation. Yes different recovery rates for different people & some more invasive surgery but that really is the minimum & average is 13 weeks. I’m 42 fit fell runner. I had vertical subtotal hysterectomy 3 weeks ago – my wound is still leaking and I can walk to my mates 2 mins away. You really need to look after yourself – & enjoy it once you can xx

  2. Hi,
    I am 42 and having a vaginal hysterectomy but keeping ovaries in 4 weeks time. What is the recovery time I thought I could go back to work after 2 weeks I work in an office . I have a 1/2 drive commute and about 20 stairs to climb. Will I be ok to return after 2 weeks.

    I am also a bit anxious and just wondering what the pain is like afterwards. I understand everyone is different. If you could please help me here that would be great.
    Thanks so much

  3. Hi Kim, I’m 4 months post op and went back to work after 3 months on a phased return, and I am still absolutely shattered every day even though part time for a while. Be kind to yourself, this a big deal, recover properly. Best of luck.

  4. Hi, I’ve just been reading some comments and it’s making me feel better knowing that it’s normal to still feel pain after 4 weeks. I’m 41 and I had a prolapse womb. I thought i should be pain free by now but I’m not, I still get tired and pain if I do too much and I can’t sit up properly as it’s hurts.

  5. I had prolapse of the womb and had a hysterectomy 2 months ago. I am ok mostly but the operation has caused bladder problems keep running to pass urine and leaking so I have to where pads. My doctor said it will settle down but I wonder how long it will take. The other factor is tiredness at times. I am 67 years old soon

  6. I had a vaginal hysterectomy 5 weeks ago I feel much better but a slight lower abdominal pain is there and my thighs hurt a bit still having a little discharge wonder when that will go away! Not doing much work but walking around the house I have house help which is a blessing.The doctor was very optimistic and said I could get back to normal activities but I’m not feeling upto it. Am I being too careful .I’m 67 years old and had a prolapsed uterus.

  7. hi
    can anyone advise me ,i am having a hysterectomy done on 30th November i’m having it done vaginally and my ovaries are being left,i work in an office and do a sit down job i just want to know if anyone else has a similar op and what was the recovery time as i was hoping to get back after 2 weeks is this a bit optimistic?
    thanks in advance

    1. Hi Kim.
      I have had a tah with all removed.
      All textbook and 5 weeks post op. Now
      2 weeks is TOO SOON to go back to work.
      Please give yourself 6 weeks even if you feel great, your muscles and internal organs and stitches all need to heal and that needs boring but SO worth it. Time and time.

      Rest, Kim, rest and rest some more.
      Good luck with your Op and get well soon

    2. Hi, i had an abdominal one 4 weeks ago and work in an office, im 47. i was so bored i begged doc to let me back!!! i returned for just 2 hrs a day on week 3, this is week 4 and i am still at work after 5hrs but i am exhausted and will be going home in a mo. Good luck , all i can say is dont lift at all

    3. i had one done on the 20th of last month and im still on recovey on 4 weeks stiill

  8. I am 6 months post op. I was feeling relatively OK from the 3rd month but at the 6th month mark I started feeling fatigued again and my back pain is back. Also had a virus with symptoms like constant headache, sore back, sore joints and fever. My gynae put me on antibiotics and pain meds and booked me off for a couple of days. Because I was feeling better I was doing more and that sat me back.

  9. Hi I am nearly 4 months post TAHBSO ..back to work nursing in general practice. Feel exhausted at the week end s along way from normal life at home.I expected to go back wards presume this is normal. Wouldn’t be without HRT.previously fit good diet .52 yes old.feeling older !! Refusing to accept that !

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