Recovery for hysterectomy can take up to 6 weeks depending on what type of hysterectomy was performed and the outcome of the procedure, according to the Office on Women's Health. During recovery, the patient must limit strenuous activities.
Patients who undergo an abdominal hysterectomy have a longer recovery time compared to patients who undergo vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy, notes the Office on Women's Health. During a hysterectomy, the uterus is removed, and the patient can no longer conceive or menstruate. Other treatments, such as medications and procedures that attempt to shrink growths on the uterus, can be performed. A hysterectomy is done on patients who have endometriosis, uterine or ovarian cancer, or patients who experience significant vaginal bleeding.