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Abdominal hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. This is done through a cut in the lower belly. The cut is called an incision. The ovaries and fallopian tubes also may be removed.
The doctor may make a horizontal incision. This cut goes from side-to-side and is done at the pubic hairline. Or the incision may be vertical. This type goes up and down between the belly button and the pubic bone. Both types leave a scar that most often fades with time.
You may stay in the hospital for about 1 to 4 days after surgery. You will likely feel better each day. But you may need about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover.
After the surgery, you will not have periods or be able to get pregnant. Most people can have sex without problems after they recover.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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