Hysterectomy: Hospital Stay and Expected Pain
How long is the hospital stay for a hysterectomy and how painful is
It will depend on whether it is done through the vagina or by cutting
through the abdominal wall.
Abdominal hysterectomies usually leave the patient in the hospital
for five days, and they are substantially painful. Strong injected
narcotics are the pain relief given. Also, the at-home recovery
period is longer.
Vaginal hysterectomies take about 2-4 days in hospital. They still
require narcotics at the beginning, but in less amounts, and in
shorter time frames than would be required in the abdominal