After Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Uterine Prolapse
Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus drops into the vagina. In severe cases, the uterus may stick out from the vagina. The goal of surgery is to repair the problem and ease your symptoms. You had a procedure called laparoscopic hysterectomy. A surgeon removed your uterus using instruments inserted through small incisions in your abdomen. These incisions may be tender or sore. You may also have pain in your upper back or shoulders. This is from the gas used to enlarge your abdomen so your doctor could see inside your pelvis and do the procedure. It usually takes about 1 to 4 weeks to recover from laparoscopic hysterectomy, but recovery time varies from woman to woman. Here's what you can do to speed your recovery.
- Ask your friends and family to help with chores and errands while you recover.
- Don't lift anything heavier than 10 pounds for 6 weeks to avoid straining your incisions.
- Don't push a vacuum or do other strenuous housework until the doctor says it's OK.
- Climb stairs slowly and pause after every few steps.
- Continue with the coughing and deep breathing exercises that you learned in the hospital.
- Don't drive for a few days after the surgery. You may drive as soon as you are able to move comfortably from side to side and when you are no longer taking narcotics.
- Walk as often as you feel able.
Other home care
- Take your medicines exactly as directed by your doctor.
- Avoid constipation.
- Eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day, unless directed otherwise.
- Use a laxative or a mild stool softener if your doctor says it's OK.
- Shower as usual. Wash your incision with mild soap and water. Pat it dry. Don't use oils, powders, or lotions on your incision.
- Don't put anything in the vagina or use tampons or douches until your doctor says it's safe to do so. Do not have sex until your doctor says it is OK.
- Report hot flashes, mood swings, and irritability to your doctor. There may be medicine that can help you.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
When to call your doctor
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
- Fever above 100.4?F (38.0?C) or chills
- Bright red vaginal bleeding or foul smelling discharge
- Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad per hour
- Burning sensation when urinating or trouble urinating
- Severe abdominal pain or bloating
- Redness, swelling, or drainage at your incision site
- Shortness of breath or chest pain
- Nausea and vomiting