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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.

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

  1. I have my hysterectomy 5 days ago been shopping and walking all over don’t even feel like its been done is this normal

    1. Sounds great, I was the same my first week after op, I hope it stays that way for you, please rest though and don’t forget what your body has gone through, unfortunately week by week I went down hill, now on week 10 still getting pain and can only potter for 20 min at a time, so please do take care.,

    2. Now 6 wks later I’m finding things loads harder,got pain in left leg and lower stomach ,been to see doctors was told its normal ask to been seen by consultant and told they are busy,I think its shocking I don’t have a follow up appointment how I’m I meant to no if things are OK,only thing gp give me was pain killers and sent on my way ,can anyone tell me what this pain could be as between this and sweats day and night I feel like I’m going mad ,I need some help never felt I’d be like this when I seemed to be doing so well first few wks .

  2. Its three weeks since vaginal hysterectomy ,had a water infection first week . I thought i was doing really well doing bit around the home a short shopping trip with a friend yesterday. I woke up through the night with leg and hip aches , felt awful when it was time to get up and have been suffering with sharp low tum pains and hip and buttocks ache
    (all quite painfull) and im totally warn out should i inform doc or is normal . Lou 17.2.16

  3. Hi, I had a laparoscopy assisted vaginal hysterectomy.everything took but ovaries on 5\11\15 I was told operation would be around 2 hrs but due to complication it took longer, my bladder was stuck to my womb which surgeon said can happen after caesareans, I had endometriosis,plus lots of scar tissue so I was in surgery 3hours40. I was allowed home the day after surgery and have felt ‘OK’ I am taking regular pain relief which has thankfully helped..I’ve had a couple of days feeling slightly unwell but generally OK…I’m not sleeping well so doctor gave me mild medication. I’m getting to sleep as I feel exhausted but wake up all the time 🙁 today though (day 12post op) I’ve got a heavy feeling down below like something is going to fall out..I’m not sure if this is normal at this stage? I’ve been taking it easy not doing a thing as my wonderful family have done everything so I’ve defiantly not overdone it. My advice to anyone having or had this op is to listen to your body as it knows best and try not to rush things..I’m really frustrated resting as I’m normally always on the go but I’m determined to get back to normal asap..I’m just hoping this heavy feeling is normal and not an infection or prolapse..ill call the doctor tomorrpw if it continues but any advice would be welcine froim you xxxxx

  4. Hi. I had a partial abdominal hysterectomy 6 weeks ago, apart from an infection 10 days in I have steadily been getting stronger until a week ago when I felt a tearing/burning sensation on the left side of my wound. Since then every time I do anything I feel exhausted, my back and stomach are agony and I feel scared to push myself!

  5. Hi I had a laproscopic hysterectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago have been recovering well though stitches not come out and nurse couldn’t get them out. Today however I am really struggling in a lot of pain and my tummy is really swollen much more than it has been especially above my belly button…is this normal I’m feeling tired and nauseous with a headache. Thanks

  6. I had laprascopic supracervical hysterectomy, as well as pelvic organ prolapse repair done this past Monday, Oct 26th. The surgery went well, the incisions are sore but not terribly painful. The trapped air pain was excrutiating. It peaked at approximately the 4th post-op day. It woke me at 3 AM feeling as though I was having a heart attack. I got up to research whether or not this was normal. Having found this website, I realized that the pain was normal. I was not warned about this pain, however one of my nurses post-op did tell me that it was trapped air settleing into the shoulder and chest. I had excellent surgeons, and the pre-op materials did say that CO2 is used to inflate the abdomen to allow the surgeon better access and visibility of the organs. However nothing was mentioned about the painful consequence of that CO2. The pain has now subsided, I found a heating pad, coughing, and hot tea all helped. I look forward to getting back to normal, after another 7 weeks of restricted activity!

  7. I had a vaginal hysterectomy, prolapse and wall repair done on the 12th of August. I was given a sick note from work for 3 months ending 11th November. It is now 24th of October. I get in a lot of pain and never know what the limit is when it comes to lifting etc. Iv’e not had a pain free day to date. I saw my GP last week and all he said was to keep taking pain killers. Surely after 9 weeks this is not right. I worry as my time is getting close to going back to work with this pain as my job is 12 hour manual shifts.

    1. I am exactly the same, on week 10 now after vaginal hysterectomy and prolapse repair, still on pain killers, can’t do any more than a 15/20 min walk about three times a day, getting very frustrated with myself, family can’t understand why I am like this when the information sheet says I could be back at keep fit, got to be joking, I see the consultant on the 19th April hope to get some answers, just need to know this is normal and that I am ok, feel like everything is dropping out of me today, very heavy, painful and swollen tummy,

  8. I am exactly 3 weeks post TAH after a diagnosis of endometrial cancer. Fortunately the cancer was contained and the histology showed all the cancer was removed and I don’t need any further treatment but will be checked regularly for 5 years. My surgeon was wonderful, kind and informative. He had hoped to do it key hole but there were complications so had to do a vertical incision and radical surgery as I also had several large fibroids as well. I was discharged after 5 days and had several meetings with a physiotherapist before I left and was given lots of information and advice. I too had terrible bloating and wind and still have irratic bowel movements and need to pee often but was told that is because all internal organs are bruised due to the radical surgery. Peppermint tea and ginger ale helps as does lying flat raising both knees with feet flat and slowly rocking knees from side to side which the physio advised. I got an infection after 10 days but a week of antibiotics had cleared and the seeping from the bottom of the wound has now slowed down. I was also advised to take things at my own pace and expect at least 8 to 12 weeks before returning to work. I was pleased to read that other women have experienced some of the stinging and pains as the nerves repair and the bloating – 5 years post menopause I look 6 months pregnant. Compared to some people on this site I am very fortunate to have had great aftercare. I have found the worse part is the daily injections of tinzaparin to prevent DVT for 28 days is the hardest as you have to avoid injecting into scars or bruises but my abdomen is covered in them.

  9. I had Robotic Assisted total hysterectomy (removal of all organs with cervix) and also a fibroid on Oct.02, 2015. Surgery lasted 3 hours and was home the same day. I took Tylenol and Advil for the first few days and that is all. I feel great and do not really have pain,but I do have numbness sensation on my left side on my upper thigh and on the very top of my pelvis. It feels like I have bruising from the inside. Is this normal, and is it because all of the organs were taken out by the vagina? How long will it take for this to return to normal, I am avoiding all heavy lifting and try not to over do anything that could injure me in anyway. I just want to know if this is normal?

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