Can you sleep on your side after abdominal hysterectomy?

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asked Jan 14 in Other- Health by Rundranite (650 points)
Can you sleep on your side after abdominal hysterectomy?

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answered Jan 15 by Judy (56,730 points)
Sleeping on your side after abdominal hysterectomy is usually safe as long as your doctor says for sure.

As long as your doctor says it's okay for sure to sleep on your side after the abdominal hysterectomy then you can do so as long as you use a support mechanism.

A support “mechanism” can be as simple as one or two plush pillows or a specially designed foam block.

Talk to your doctor about ways you can keep your body safe while sleeping in this position.

However it's better to sleep on your back until recovery of the abdominal hysterectomy surgery.

The best way to sit after having abdominal surgery is to have your Knees bent upwards and your back leaning slightly back.

It's also a good idea to have a pillow on the back of your chair and behind you when sitting in a chair.

After abdominal surgery you should avoid lifting anything that weighs over 20 lbs for at least the first 3 weeks after the abdominal surgery.

You can lift less than 20 lbs as long as you're careful before then.

Full recovery after abdominal surgery takes between 3 to 6 months.

You should begin healing and recovering from the abdominal surgery within the first month but you should take it easy and not strain yourself for at least 3 to 4 months after the abdominal surgery.

Swelling after surgery is normal and usually goes away on it's own within a day or two or sometimes longer.

However you can apply ice to the location of the swelling after surgery to get rid of and reduce the swelling.

Apply ice to the affected swelling area for the first 48 hours following surgery.

Blue ice gel packs will provide the most comfort and can be refrozen as needed.

Compression: Cold compresses will also help bring down swelling and reduce bruising time.

After surgery nerves take between 6 months to 12 months to fully heal.

The numbness after surgery should go away within a few days after surgery.

The reason walking is important after surgery is the walking gets your blood flowing and promotes the healing of your body after surgery.

Failure to walk enough after surgery can cause increased constipation and gas pain and weakness, and puts you at a higher risk for infections, blood clots and lung problems such as pneumonia.

Also the reason it's important to pass gas after surgery is because passing gas after your surgery is a good sign that your bowels are returning to normal.

This is why after your surgery your doctors or caregivers will ask you if you have passed any gas so they can tell if your surgery has went through good and your bowels are working properly.

Also it's very normal to not have a bowel movement for 4 to even 5 days after your surgery.

If you're not passing gas after surgery it's not always a bad thing but most people who do have surgery do need to pass gas after the surgery and that's a really good sign.

It can be embarrassing to be asked if you've passed gas but it's not as bad as it seems.

I was asked by my doctors in the hospital if I was passing gas and I wasn't sure why they asked that until I asked them why.

They said it was just standard procedure to ask patients after surgery if they passed gas because it was a sign my bowels were returning to normal.

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