When You Were In the Hospital
While you were in the hospital, you had surgery to remove part or all of your uterus. This is called a hysterectomy. The surgeon made a 5- to 7-inch (13- to 18-centimeter) incision (cut) in the lower part of your belly. The cut was made either up and down or across (a bikini cut), just above your pubic hair. You may have also had:
- Your fallopian tubes or ovaries removed
- More tissue removed if you have cancer, including part of your vagina
- Lymph nodes removed
Most people spend 2 to 5 days in the hospital after this surgery.
What to Expect at Home
It may take at least 4 to 6 weeks for you to feel better after your surgery. You may get tired easily during this time. You may not feel like eating much.
After your wound heals, you will have a 4- to 6-inch (10- to 15-centimeter) scar.
If you had good sexual function before the surgery, you should continue to have good sexual function afterward. If you had problems with severe bleeding before your hysterectomy, sexual function often improves after surgery. If sexual function decreases after your hysterectomy, talk with your health care provider about possible causes and treatments.