Total hysterectomy refers to hysterectomy where both the uterus and the cervix are removed from the body. In case of a partial hysterectomy, only the uterus is removed, while the cervix is left as it is. Both partial and total forms of hysterectomy are recommended to women suffering from fibroids, cancer, endometriosis, or prolapse of the uterus.
Patients who have undergone either of the above-mentioned forms of hysterectomy are kept under observation for two to four days. They completely recover from this surgery in about six to eight weeks. Women tend to experience depression, vaginal dryness as well as hot flushes. They may also feel fatigued. These are some of the normal side-effects of abdominal hysterectomy.
However, a doctor should be consulted if there is high fever, vaginal bleeding, or even bleeding from the incisions. A medical practitioner should be consulted in case of nausea or pain in the leg as well.