Whether you had an abdominal hysterectomy incision (bikini cut or vertical cut) or whether you had laparoscopic hysterectomy or daVinci Robotic hysterectomy, taking care of your incision should be easy. Find out more about taking care of your hysterectomy incision at the HysterSisters website.
Most of the time, your stitches will be removed within days of your surgery. In many cases, before you leave the hospital.
Keep your external incision/s dry. If you take a short shower, pat your incision dry. Wear loose clothing and be careful not to wear undergarments that can rub or irritate your incisions. Stay away from baths until your surgeon has released you to take a soak.
If your incision looks slightly icky, you can try using a cotton-topped stick with hydrogen peroxide to carefully clean the edge, removing any crusty debris. But if your incision looks angry, is oozing fluid or pus, be sure and call your doctor’s office.
Most HysterSisters find that the Abdominal Binder (both adjusted and closed with velcro) are a great way to comfort your incision.
If you had a vaginal hysterectomy, you will not have external incisions. If you had anterior or posterior repairs, you may have an episiotomy-like incision, if so, the first thing to remember is to avoid sitting. For immediate relief, use a peri-bottle filled with water as hot as you can stand it to spray over the area, every time you visit the washroom. If you were not given one when you left the hospital, you can use a sterilized plastic condiment bottle: it will be just as efficient. Another option is to use a clean wash-cloth that has been thoroughly soaked in hot water.
When you are discharged from the hospital your doctor will give you written instructions for pain medications and when to call the doctor’s office or head to ER. In most cases you should call or head out if you experience:
- severe nausea/vomiting
- increased pain
- fever greater than 101 degrees for 24 hours
- difficulty breathing
- unusual bleeding
- leg pain
Always call your doctor’s office with any concerns you have about your health.
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