Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Your Home Recovery

When you leave the hospital, you’ll receive instructions on caring for yourself at home. Following these instructions helps ensure a faster recovery. It often takes about 1 week to 4 weeks to recover from laparoscopic hysterectomy. But recovery time varies from woman to woman.

Couple in kitchen, putting groceries in refrigerator.

Taking care of yourself

Follow these tips to make your recovery as safe and comfortable as possible:

  • To avoid constipation, eat fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water. Your healthcare provider may suggest that you use a laxative or a mild stool softener.

  • Ask your friends and family to help with chores and errands while you recover.

  • Do not lift anything over 10 pounds to avoid straining your incisions.

  • Do not get your incisions wet until your healthcare provider says it’s OK to do so.

  • Do not put anything in the vagina until your provider says it’s safe to do so. This includes using tampons and douches and having sexual intercourse.

  • Schedule follow-up visits with your healthcare provider.

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider if you notice any of these:

  • Chills or a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as advised

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding or a smelly discharge

  • Trouble urinating or burning during urination

  • Severe abdominal pain or bloating

  • A red, swollen, or draining smelly fluid from the incision sites

  • Trouble breathing or fainting

  • Swollen painful leg