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lws14 posted:
My wife had a hysterectomy 3 wks ago due to a borderline serous tumor on her ovaries She also had her appendix removed among biopsies of surrounding areas and lymph nodes that were all negative She feels a little better but seems to have a good day bad day She is still having discomfort nausea and headaches on occasion depending which day it is How long will these symptoms last and is there anything she can take besides the Motrin she's been using?
Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
Dear Iws: Generally we tell women that a full recovery can take from 4 to 8 weeks for open abdominal hysterectomy, and from 1 to 2 weeks for vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies. As she was likely told she should avoid heavy lifting and tub baths for a full 6 weeks. Intercourse can be resumed after six weeks as well.

Hopefully she has been able to rest frequently and only do light duties. Headaches are best managed with non-narcotic pain meds (eg her Motrin). Nausea can be related to pain or constipation. It is better to try and treat the underlying cause (eg with prescriptive pain medfs and stool softeners) if that can be determined. Here is a link to at home care for weeks 3 & 4 after a hysterectomy:

If she is still having significant discomfort/nausea/headaches she should let her surgeon know. They can give the most "for sure" answer since they know the details of her procedure.

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