How will my life change after a Hysterectomy?

This is an exclusive, straightforward resource for women looking for ways to improve their quality of life after hysterectomy surgery.

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You may have found this site:

  1. Trying to figure out why you gained so much weight after the hysterectomy
  2. To learn what to do about the bladder issues you have had since your surgery
  3. Searching for a solution for your severe menopause symptoms

Well, you have come to the right place. The articles on this site discuss the side effects that can occur after hysterectomy surgery and how to cope with them.

The emotional effects of a hysterectomy vary greatly from woman to woman, from relief and peace of mind to grief and distress. For the most part, these feelings depend on the reason for the surgery. And if you still wish to have children.

The truth is, the more you know about the procedure and possible side effects, the better you will be able to cope afterward. So a lot depends on the information and your doctor’s support.

You may like to start reading:

  1. What is a hysterectomy?
  2. Hysterectomy preparation checklist.
  3. Guidelines for a faster hysterectomy recovery time.

Life after hysterectomy The side effects

What are the possible Risks and complications of a hysterectomy?

The hysterectomy procedure itself usually does not involve complications. The risks of this surgery are equal to those of any other major abdominal surgery. Of course, you will experience some pain after the surgery. Very common is abdominal pain caused by trapped gas.

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Treatment options other than hysterectomy

Removal of the uterus is a serious surgical procedure that sometimes needs to be done when there are no other options, for instance, in the case of severe endometriosis, malignant tumors, large fibroids, severe blood loss, and abnormal cells in the cervix or the uterus. However, you may not know that many of these conditions can be treated with less invasive procedures or medications.

Bladder Issues after hysterectomy

Temporary nerve issues and swelling may cause a lack of sensation after a hysterectomy. When they remove the uterus, the supporting tissues of the bladder can be damaged, causing bladder issues. Therefore, several women find that their bladder function has altered after a hysterectomy. For some women, this means difficulties emptying the bladder, whereas others have problems holding their urine after surgery.

Less invasive procedures for hysterectomy

For decades they performed a hysterectomy only through a large abdominal incision or through the vagina. You normally would stay in the hospital to recover for 7 to 10 days. Nowadays, women have much less invasive options for this surgery. Laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy and robotic-assisted hysterectomy are minimally invasive procedures. In addition to causing less blood loss and pain, women can recover faster with these procedures.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle after hysterectomy

Most women focus on the short-term health issues of their surgery. However, very few women clearly understand this procedure’s long-term implications on their health. Hysterectomy surgery increases the risk of heart disease, pelvic organ prolapse, osteoporosis, and bowel dysfunction.

After a hysterectomy, certain lifestyle changes are mandatory to offset these long-term health risks. The right nutrition, regular exercise, weight control, and sufficient sleep can protect you from several health risks. Beyond that, it greatly improves your quality of life after hysterectomy. You can find tips on maintaining optimal health in these articles.