Hysterectomy(uterus removal): What happens when the uterus is removed?

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Dr. Heena Chawla
Gynecology

Hysterectomy(uterus removal): What happens when the uterus is removed?

In this video SimpliHealth expert Gynecologist Dr. Heena Chawla is talking about Hysterectomy(uterus removal) and also she is answering some very common questions that people usually ask like:

  • Precaution after uterus removal 

Uterus removal(गर्भाशय को निकालना)

Uterus removal is the second most common surgery done after a caesarean in females. The first thing we need to remember is that when we get discharged from the hospital, we need to understand our medicine regime very carefully. And we must follow the medicines as told by the doctor. Usually, we give an antibiotic to prevent any type of infection; apart from this, the most common thing most patients face is pain. For that, we provide pain killers, and one must understand carefully at what time we should take them. 

Apart from this, if the patient feels constipation, then we may give him a laxative so they don’t have a possibility of constipation. After our discharge, we need to keep in mind that we need to take an ample amount of water after coming home. It helps us in 2 or 3 ways, like reducing the possibility of having a urinary tract infection. Due to hysterectomy, we often need to insert a catheter to drain out urine, but this may increase the chances of urine infection. So to prevent this, w e must drink lots of water. 

Constipated

The second advantage we will have is that we will not be constipated. The second thing is due to intake of medicine, and the food intake is not proper, we are not moving around that much, we are taking many types of treatment like antibiotics and painkillers. Hence, the chance of having constipation is very high. If water consumption is good, it will reduce the chance of constipation.

Apart from that, we need to add a good quantity of green leafy vegetables and fruits to our diet. We must take care of these things. Another most important question most patients ask is how much rest we need. The definition of rest depends on what type of surgery you had. Usually, nowadays, these surgeries are performed by laparoscopy. It doesn’t need many days of rest, but you would need more time to heal if you have had an open stomach surgery and have stiches. So we recommend having some rest in it.,] But you must continue some light walking routine at home and little exercise. It reduces the risk of blood clotting in veins, often called deep vein thrombosis. Apart from this, a fundamental question patients ask is:

Can climb stairs after hysterectomy?

You can easily take stairs at home. Initially, you may feel that you are taking the slope, but everything will be regular with the recovery. A similar thing is with walking. Initially, we need to start walk for 5-10 minutes, and as we start increasing the time of strolling after six weeks, we can walk as per our usual routine of 30 minutes walk duration. Another very important thing we need to keep in mind after a hysterectomy is that we should not lift heavy objects for at least one-half months or six weeks.

We need to abstain from any physical relationship. After removing stitches, we must take calcium supplements because during hysterectomy, whether they have kept the ovaries inside or removed, there is a decrease in the estrogen level. 

There are not many depositions in bones, so we must take calcium supplements. Apart from that, I would like to give small tips that when you have planned your surgery, you must arrange some help beforehand like for the kitchen or your care after surgery. So that later you will not have unnecessary stress about all these things. So we need to take care of these things after surgery.

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