Hysterectomy is the procedure that uses to remove the uterus. This technique, is usually performed under general anaesthesia and lasts approximately 90 minutes. During the procedure, your doctor will make a small cut on the abdomen and insert a laparoscope along with the surgical instruments and remove the uterus from the inside the body by small pieces either through the cut or through the vagina. It is understandable, that this procedure is the major surgery and often associated with psychological and physical consequences.
Precautions before the procedure
You can continue taking the medications as long as your doctor advises. Also, you have to come before the procedure with empty bowel, which means being on the liquid diet before 24 hours of the procedure date. Please exercise some breathing and leg exercises as your doctor may suggest you to perform before the procedure.
You will be in recovery room after the procedure. After waking up, you may still feel sleepy for several hours. You may experience shoulder pain and in lower back sections as gas was used during the procedure. Also, you may have some vaginal discharge for a few days. Please consult the doctor if you feel nausea or strong pain. Please follow strictly doctor’s instruction and take extra care of yourself. A medication will be prescribed by your doctor to reduce the pain levels.
Risks and complications
As this is a surgery, despite its level of difficulty, there are some risks and complication you should be aware of.
These are risk associated with the hysterectomy:
Problems associated with the general anaesthesia
Risk of infection
Injury to other organs during the procedure
Immediate attention to the doctor should be inquired by you if you experience following conditions:
Severe nausea and vomit