Recovery from an abdominal hysterectomy takes approximately six to eight weeks, according to WebMD. For a vaginal hysterectomy or a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, the recovery time is less and can be as brief a period as two weeks.
An abdominal hysterectomy is a more involved procedure, involving a large laceration to the stomach, according to WebMD. It also requires an inpatient stay at the hospital for up to two days before the patient can be released.
For a vaginal hysterectomy or a vaginal laparoscopic hysterectomy, a laceration is made in the vagina through which the uterus is removed, as noted by Mayo Clinic. It can also require an inpatient stay at the hospital, but the recovery is less painful than an abdominal hysterectomy.