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Post Hysterectomy: What You Need To Know

Before you undergo your hysterectomy procedure, it's important to know what you need to do after the surgery is complete. After all, you're going to feel pain and are likely going to want to do anything other than stay in bed. So what do you need to do to get yourself ready for the post hysterectomy stance?

First thing you should do is remind yourself that a hysterectomy is an in-patient procedure which means you'll be spending a few nights away from home and/or work. Remember that the length of time you'll be in the hospital will depend on three factors:

  1. What kind of surgery is performed
  2. If there are any complications during and/or after the surgery
  3. What the doctor recommends

After your surgery is performed, there are many things you should do for yourself to help yourself recuperate. The following 12 tips will assist in you in your recovery:

  1. Take medications that prescribed for you by your doctor. There is little chance that you will become addicted to them. The reason you are taking them is to be comfortable as you recover.
  2. Be sure to purchase plenty of sanitary napkins to keep your clothes from being stained by vaginal blood and/or discharge. It's not uncommon to have bleeding after the surgery. Do not purchase tampons as they can irritate the surgical area.
  3. Purchase one, if not two, heating pads so that you can use them on your stomach and back. Never sleep with the heating pad on you directly.
  4. Walk slowly in the beginning but never for long periods of time. Have someone else do the household work and don't bend, if you can help it.
  5. It's important to rest so make sure you have things to do so that you don't get up out of the bed constantly.
  6. Relax as it helps you to recover and strengthens your body's immune system.
  7. Don't lift anything after your surgery or and during the post surgical period.
  8. Make sure to avoid climbing stairs or driving a car.
  9. Have someone else make the meals in your home.
  10. Get help from friends and family
  11. Do not drink while you recover especially since you are taking medications.
  12. Do not take aspirin and avoid eating dairy foods as you can become constipated. Remember that some medicines will make you constipated.

Seven Tips To Remember During Your Recovery Process

  1. Be sure to eat healthy foods so the nutrients will heal your body. If you don't feel like eating, make yourself eat foods that are healthy.
  2. Take a multiple vitamin each day.
  3. Take care of yourself so that you heal faster.
  4. Drink at least 10 glasses of water but be sure it has been filtered.
  5. The first couple of weeks will be hard so be sure you have things to do.
  6. Speak with your physician about exercising and when you can start.
  7. Use Natural Progesterone and Natural Estrogen Creams after your hysterectomy. Remember your body is no longer making these important chemicals.

Five Post Hysterectomy Symptoms To Watch Out For

  1. Your body temperature should not rise above 100.6 degrees. Keep a thermometer handy.
  2. Dizzy spells
  3. Swelling
  4. Bleeding at incision site
  5. Return of pain and/or fever after symptoms have left.

 

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