Obstetricians & Gynecologists
Tips & Advice - Obstetricians & Gynecologists

Abdominal hysterectomy side effects: Do you need to see a doctor?


Follow up with your surgeon after a hysterectomy.
By
No surgery is routine. If you've had an abdominal hysterectomy, there can be both short-term and long-term…

No surgery is routine. If you've had an abdominal hysterectomy, there can be both short-term and long-term side effects. Some are natural and don't require the assistance of a physician. Others should have you running to the doctor's office ASAP. Not sure what's normal? Here's the 411 on your recovery.

1. Light bleeding or spotting: The day of and up to a few weeks after the surgery, you will notice a light discharge and bleeding from the vagina. Wearing a panty liner should be sufficient. But if the bleeding resembles a period, and requires several pad changes each day, let the surgeon know, advises the Mayo Clinic.

2. Deep, ongoing depression: Depending on the reason for the hysterectomy, a sense of loss or being upset is normal. But if you sink into a deep depression and find yourself unable to eat, sleep or do everyday tasks, speak with your doctor.

3. Swelling or redness: If your hysterectomy was performed abdominally, you will go home from the hospital with a small incision just above your pubic bone. Tenderness is common. But if the area puffs up, turns very red or oozes a pus-like discharge, it may be infected. Go to the emergency room immediately and have the doctor call your surgeon for background information on your surgery.

4. Fever: Although mild lingering pain and fatigue is a normal part of recovery, a fever is not. If your temperature rises above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority (UWHCA) recommends calling your doctor immediately.


5. Problems urinating or constipation: Going to the bathroom isn't fun to talk about, but if your urine flow is restricted or constipation lasts longer than two days, it's a good idea to tell your doctor. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and maintain a regular diet, complete with fiber, to keep all systems moving smoothly--even if your appetite is waning, advises the UWHCA.

Ready to see a doctor? Give an OB/GYN specialist in Atlanta a call today to schedule a checkup.


Enjoy this article?  Sign up for our free newsletters:

Kudzu Category Sponsors

 

Locations
Arizona
Atlanta
Austin
Boston
Chicago
Dallas
Denver
Detroit
Houston
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Miami
New York
Philadelphia
Portland
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Washington, DC
More »
Kudzu Features
Advice
All Categories
Deals
Guides
Maps
Restaurant Finder
Virtual House

©2014 Cox Search, Inc. All rights reserved. Data provided in part by Localeze and Valpak.