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Commonly asked questions

When should you call your doctor?
How do you take care of your incision?
How soon can you take a bath or shower?
When can you return to your normal diet?
What causes constipation?
What are the mobility guidelines after surgery?
When can you drive a car?
When can you return to work or your hobbies?
When can you resume sexual activity?
When can you use tampons?


Continue to take your pain medicine. Research shows that patients who receive good pain management do better after surgery.

Activity will be easier, more comfortable, and you will get your strength back sooner. It is important not to let your pain get out of control.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Preparing for Your Hysterectomy, gyn-ahc-95582

First published: 04/25/2013
Last updated: 04/25/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health GYN (Gynecology) Care Council