Definition of "hysterectomy."
A total hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and the cervix. (This type of surgery can by performed through the abdomen or the vagina.)
A panhysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, and ovaries.
Removal of the uterus results in cessation of menstruation.
Typical post-operative instructions.
Perform abdominal muscle strengthening exercises as prescribed.
Avoid vigorous activities and heavy lifting until permission is given by the surgeon.
Avoid sexual activity or douching until given permission by surgeon.
Avoid constrictive clothing for several months.
Avoid sitting for prolonged periods.
Avoid tub baths until permission is given by surgeon.
Report heavy vaginal bleeding.
Report signs of infection including fever, foul odor, or change in amount of character of vaginal discharge.
Return for follow-up care.
Possible post-operative complications.
Wound dehiscence (especially if client is obese).