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Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) removes the uterus through the vagina. Your doctor used a lighted tube and surgical tools inserted through small cuts (incisions) in the belly. Then the doctor made a small cut in the vagina. Your uterus was taken out through this cut.
You can expect to feel better and stronger each day. But you might need pain medicine for a week or two. You may get tired easily or have less energy than usual. This may last for several weeks after surgery. You will probably notice that your belly is swollen and puffy. This is common. The swelling will take several weeks to go down. It may take about 4 to 6 weeks to fully recover. The recovery time may be shorter for some people.
You may have some light vaginal bleeding. Don't have sex until the doctor says it's okay. Don't douche or put anything into your vagina, such as a tampon, until your doctor says it's okay.
It's important to avoid lifting while you are recovering so that you can heal.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: July 17, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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