It is important to understand how your body may change after a hysterectomy. Depending on the type of surgery, there are different hysterectomy side effects women may encounter. Hysterectomy recovery times also may vary depending on the type of surgery.
Hysterectomy side effects:
Laparoscopic hysterectomies and robotic hysterectomies involve minor-incisions, therefore scarring is very minimal. Vaginal hysterectomies result in no scarring because there is no incision and the uterus is taken through the vagina. The abdominal approach, the traditional way of surgery, is the most invasive. A large horizontal cut is made above the bikini line resulting in a large scar.
Other hysterectomy side effects, like pain, are also dependent on the type of surgery. Typically, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries are less painful than vaginal or traditional methods.
Women are not likely to have menopausal hysterectomy side effects unless the ovaries are removed. Ovaries create estrogen and progesterone, which regulate menstruation. If the ovaries are removed due to cancer, women who are premenopausal may experience abrupt menopause after surgery.
Hysterectomy Recovery Time:
Generally for abdominal surgery, women are released from the hospital after two or three days. A full recovery takes up to eight weeks. After six weeks, women may return to normal activities, including sex.
Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomies and vaginal hysterectomies recovery times typically take up to two weeks. Women should refrain from sex and heavy lifting for six weeks.
Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy and robotic hysterectomy recovery times can be as short as six days. Women should refrain from heavy lifting during this time.