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Laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy are minimally invasive techniques which aim replace open surgery with smaller cuts on the belly. They also have a speedier recovery time (approximately 2 weeks). If your surgery is combined with another operation (such as prolapse or adhesion surgery), recovery may vary. When you feel comfortable, walking is ok, with a slow increase in activity until 6 weeks. At six weeks, you will be reviewed by your gynaecologist, and can plan a return to exercise and sexual activity.

If you are having a hysterectomy, planning time off work and recovery is important. Recovery means a few different things- it may mean the time to go back to work, to resume exercise or to resume sexual activity. Surgery may leave you very tired, and if you have a strenuous job, you should plan additional time off. Recovery is influenced by surgical approach for hysterectomy. For several reasons, your gynaecologist will recommend different approaches to surgery, such as prior vaginal birth or surgery, uterine size and the need to remove the tubes or ovaries.

Vaginal approach is the least invasive, with the quickest recovery time to work. An open approach is for more complex cases usually has a recovery of 6 weeks.

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  • Dr Elizabeth Jackson

    Dr Jackson has a passionate interest in women's health and has practiced as a private specialist in Cairns since 2015. Dedicated to a multidisciplinary approach to reproductive health, Elizabeth was the first robotic surgically trained gynaecologist in North Queensland and is a generalist obstetrician gynaecologist who offers a broad range of treatments in the management of menstrual disorders, pelvic pain, fertility and obstetrics.

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