Endometrial Cancer Laparoscopic Cancer Surgery

Care after Radical Hysterectomy for Endometrial Cancers

Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy

Radical hysterectomy is usually done for gynecological cancers i.e., Uterine / endometrial cancer, cervical cancer and cancer of the ovaries. Radical hysterectomy is a procedure wherein the Uterus, both ovaries and fallopian tubes along with Cervix is removed.

There are two ways of performing a radical hysterectomy

  1. Minimally invasive method
  2. Open method

Minimally invasive methods to perform Radical Hysterectomy involve Laparoscopic (Key-hole surgery) and Robotic approaches. Many of our patients have benefited from Laparoscopic Radical Hysterectomy by returning back to work and home early, experiencing less pain and less blood loss as compared to open radical hysterectomy. One can see the video testimonials of our patients who have undergone Laparoscopic radical hysterectomy and enjoying normal life style.

Nevertheless, the recovery from surgery is not only based on what approach is being taken for surgery but also if the necessary care was taken in the post-operative period. This is where an onco-nurse, a nutritionist and a physiotherapist come into play to help patient recover faster. Let’s look at some frequently asked questions.

Q. How long do I need to take rest post Hysterectomy ?

A. One need not do complete bed rest after hysterectomy. In fact we advise our patient to involve themselves in routine home activities for next 2 weeks as per their comfort and daily morning walks for 1-2 km is advised. Because most of our patients undergo Laparoscopic procedure an early ambulation and getting back to daily routine is possible.

Q. How much water intake is advisable?

A. Post surgery urine infections happen hence it is advisable to take 2.5 -3 ltrs of water daily after surgery.

Q. What dietary modifications are advisable after surgery?

A. One should have high fiber diet, fruits and veggies after surgery to avoid constipation. Routine diet can be started after 5 days post-surgery in consult with their surgeon.

Q. When can I start routine daily work?

A. Heavy work and weight lifting is not advisable for at least 1 month post surgery. Perineal exercises and Mild yoga related exercises we generally advice our patients to start after 15 days of surgery depending on each patients surgery, body contour and requirements.

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