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Preventing complications (problems)

Your caregivers will do many things to reduce your chance of a developing a complication after surgery.

  • Your blood pressure, temperature and pulse will be taken often after surgery.
  • To improve circulation, you will wear compression stockings until you are walking at least 4 to 5 times each day.
  • You will do deep breathing, coughing exercises, and use an incentive spirometer to help protect your respiratory system.
  • Your dressing and incision will be checked often. The dressing will be changed or removed as needed. Staples are usually removed 3 days after surgery.
  • You will have an intravenous (IV) line for one day. It is important to drink 6 to 8 glasses of fluid each day.

If you have questions about these care activities, ask your doctor or nurse.


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