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Caring for Yourself after a Hysterectomy (4899)

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Caring for Yourself after a Hysterectomy

This handout will tell you what to expect when you go home after having a hysterectomy. A
hysterectomy can be done through the abdomen or through the vagina. Be sure you read the
section that applies to you. If you are not sure, ask your nurse for help.

What to Expect

If you had surgery through the abdomen
 An incision in your abdomen.
 Some pain.
 Little or no red to yellow vaginal
drainage.
 Some fatigue.
 Possibly, a catheter (tube) to drain urine.
You may go home with the tube in place.
Your nurse will give you a handout
about how to care for this tube.
If you had surgery through the vagina
 A vaginal pack that will be removed the day
after surgery.
 Small to moderate amount of red to yellow
vaginal drainage. It can last for a few days to a
couple of weeks.
 Some fatigue.
 Some bruising around your vagina and buttocks.
 Possibly, a catheter (tube) to drain urine. You
may go home with the tube in place. Your nurse
will give you a handout about how to care for
this tube.

Feelings after hysterectomy may include the blues. The milder forms are more common. If you
need support, counselors are available. Seeking help is the best thing you can do if you are
having trouble handling these feelings on your own.

After You Go Home
 Check your incision daily for any signs of infection. Watch for
o Redness
o Fever
o Swelling
o Warmth
o Soreness at the site
o Pus-like drainage

 Limit any stair climbing for the first 2-3 days. Light walking is ok. Avoid getting tired. Rest
often.
 Pain relievers are available.
 You may shower and shampoo, but do not bathe in a tub until your doctor says you may do so.
 No heavy lifting greater than 15 pounds until after your first return clinic visit.
 Do not drive until approved by your doctor (about 2 weeks).

 No sexual intercourse, douching, tampons, or placing anything in vagina until your doctor says
you may do so.
 Avoid heavy activity for 6 to 8 weeks.
 Please call your clinic to make a follow up visit.




What You May Eat
Eat a normal diet. It is wise to include foods high in fiber, like bran and oats. Drink 6-8 glasses
of liquid each day to prevent constipation. If this occurs, you may take Colace® (2 capsules at
bedtime) or Milk of Magnesia®. You may buy these at your local drug store.

When to Call Your Doctor
 Bright red vaginal bleeding (greater than 1 pad per hour)
 Fever greater than 100.4° F
 Vaginal discharge with a foul odor
 Signs of infection at suture line (warmth, redness, swelling, pus, soreness)
 Pain not controlled well with pain pills, or pain that is increasing
 Nausea and vomiting
 Problems with urination
 No bowel movement within 2-3 days after going home
 Problems with depression

If you have any questions or problems once you are home, please call
UW Health- Managed OB Clinics
UW Health West
OB/GYN Clinic
451 Junction Rd
Madison WI 53717
(608) 265-7601
UW Health East
OB/GYN Clinic
5249 E Terrace Pkwy
Madison WI 53718
(608) 265-1230

UW Health Benign
Gynecology Clinic
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-6240

UW Health
Gynecology/Oncology
Clinic
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-1548

UWMF- Managed OB Clinics
OB/GYN Clinic
20 S. Park, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-2830

East Towne
4122 East Towne
Blvd.
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 242-6840
West Towne
7102 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 828-7610
Fitchburg
5543 East Cheryl
Parkway
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 274-5300
UW Arboretum OB/GYN Clinic
1102 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-5898












Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 6/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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