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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Laparoscopic hysterectomy (LH) is surgery to remove your uterus only (partial hysterectomy), or your uterus and cervix (total hysterectomy). Other organs, such as your ovaries and fallopian tubes, may also be removed.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to decrease pain or to treat or prevent a bacterial infection. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take prescription pain medicine safely. You may also need to take hormone medicine, such as estrogen.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Activity guidelines:

You may feel like resting more after surgery. Slowly start to do more each day. Rest when you feel it is needed. Ask when you can return to your usual activities.

What to expect after surgery:

  • Ask your gynecologist or PHP about routine tests that you will need.

  • It is normal to have some bleeding from your vagina after certain types of hysterectomy surgery. Ask your gynecologist or PHP if you should expect bleeding, and how much bleeding to expect.

Contact your gynecologist or PHP if:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have pain that gets worse or does not decrease or go away with treatment.

  • You notice pus or a foul-smelling drainage coming from an incision, or it is red or swollen.

  • You have new or more bright red bleeding from your vagina or your incisions.

  • You have yellow, green, or foul-smelling discharge coming from your vagina.

  • You have trouble urinating, burning when you urinate, or feel a need to urinate often.

  • You have trouble having a bowel movement.

  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You are bleeding from your vagina, or bleeding more than you were told to expect.

  • Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.

  • You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.

  • You cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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