To go through a laparoscopic hysterectomy recovery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s orders for you to have a complete and good recovery from the surgery. Well not all patients are the same in terms of how long they will take to recover but one thing is certain, the recovery period will also depend mostly on the procedure that the woman underwent. Women go for the laparoscopic hysterectomy because the incision is not big and the recovery period is short and fits better with most of their schedules.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Recovery Compared to Other Procedures
The standard abdominal hysterectomy is the least preferred of them all. It is not only because it involves a big belly incision but also the recovery period is quite slow and very painful. The recovery will take up to six weeks. You are discharged from the hospital after three days and must complete recovery at home, resting. Household chores are off limits and heavy lifting is not recommended for the first two weeks. You can do some walking. After six weeks, you can get back to your regular routine, sex included.
Then we have the vaginal hysterectomy, which is done wholly through the vagina. The surgeon may also use the laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, in short LAVH. This procedure is recommended for women who have very small fibroid, a small uterus, and they should also not have gone through caesarean sections. The time approximated for recovery is usually two weeks which is considered by many to be convenient. During recovery, one is advised to do some walking but no heavy lifting to avoid injuring the wounds.
Finally, there is the total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Here the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen or the navel. The incisions can be compared to the size of a key chain. This procedure is considered the least invasive. The recovery period is two weeks or less. Patients who are recovering should do some walking but heavy lifting is not recommended.
During the laparoscopic hysterectomy recovery period, some complications may arise and some side effects may appear. If any of these symptoms present themselves it is important to call your doctor. They are severe bleeding from the wounds or vaginal discharge, shortness of breath or experiencing chest pain, fevers or chills, difficulty urinating or bowel movement and excruciating pain.
Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Recovery Side Effects and Possible Solutions
Before undergoing the procedure many women must have been having discomfort like bleeding, bloating in the abdomen and pain in the pelvic region. After the surgery there is a general relief from those symptoms and the women may have better sex with greater libido. Removal of the ovary will cause an hormonal imbalance in your body and have symptoms related with menopause like mood swings and hot flashes and a dry vagina. Choose hormone replacement therapy to ease symptoms. Pain during intercourse, use lubricants like replens. Pelvic weakness can be countered with Kegel exercises.