After a hysterectomy, mild to moderate pain is normal and treated with prescription pain and anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin, according to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Patients recovering from a hysterectomy should take pain medication before pain becomes severe. This provides greater control over pain through the recovery process.
In the event that pain medication does not provide relief, hysterectomy patients should contact their health care provider, states the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. An important part of surgery recovery involves walking, but avoiding heavy lifting to prevent injury. After the initial pain of surgery abates, many women experience pain relief from the conditions that required a hysterectomy in the first place, according to WebMD. Some women do experience pain during intercourse after a hysterectomy.
Total recovery time and pain level largely depend on the type of hysterectomy surgery, notes WebMD. After an abdominal hysterectomy, which is the most invasive type of procedure, full recovery generally takes a full six to eight weeks. A vaginal or a laparascopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy is less invasive, and recovery time may be as short as two weeks. A laparascopic supra cervical hysterectomy is the least invasive procedure, and recovery total recovery time may be as short as six days.