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Abdominal Hysterectomy

The removal of the uterus, cervix, and often the fallopian tubes and ovaries, through an incision in the abdomen is an abdominal hysterectomy. With removal of the ovaries, sudden surgical menopause occurs. You can expect to tire easily for the first month after surgery, it is important to increase your activity gradually, plan frequent rest periods and rest when you feel tired.

You may shower with the incision uncovered; this promotes healing and relieves some discomfort. The doctor or nurse will remove the staples 4-7 days after the surgery, if not done during your hospital stay. You can shower with plastic covering the incision; the steri-strips need to stay dry for 10 days after the surgery and then they may come off. Steri-strips are more easily removed after a shower or bath. Abdominal bandages can be changed as needed; never leave a wet or damp bandage over your incision.

Notify your physician if you have any of the following: