After your hysterectomy or trachelectomy you’ll be encouraged to start moving about as soon as possible. This is an essential part of your recovery. Even if you have to stay in bed, the nurses will encourage you to do regular leg movements and deep breathing exercises. You may be seen by a physiotherapist who can help you do the exercises. You’ll also be given injections of a drug to help prevent blood clots.
Drips and drains
After your operation you’ll be given fluids into a vein in your hand or arm, called a drip or an intravenous infusion. Once you’re eating and drinking normally again it’s taken out. You’ll usually have a tube (catheter), which is put in during the operation, to drain urine from your bladder. This can be taken out a few hours after your surgery but in some people it may need to stay in for longer. If you have a wound drain (a fine tube in the wound draining fluid that’s collecting into a small bottle) it’s usually taken out in a few days.