If open hysterectomy is performed, the patient has to stay in hospital for 1 to 2 days. While in case of laparoscopic procedure, the patient may be allowed to go home on the same day.
The patient has vaginal bleeding for a few days after the surgery. Generally, it is not as heave as in menstual period. For most women it take 4 to 6 weeks to get back to normal routine.
Patients will have two to four scars in different parts of the abdomen from the incisions during surgery. Some stitches and glue will dissolve by themselves, while other stitches, staples and clips will require removal at the hospital about a week after the operation.
There will certain permanent changes in life, as mentioned below
- The patient will not have any menstrual periods
- The patient cannot get pregnant
- If the ovaries are removed, then the patient reaches menopause earlier than expected.
- In case the cervix was not removed during the laparoscopic surgery, the patient will be required to routinely undergo screening (smears), while removal of ovaries might necessitate hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Discussions with the gynaecologist can chart the best way forward.