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Women are encouraged to get up and walk within a day of the operation (within hours after a laparoscopic procedure) to reduce the possibility of developing blood clots in the legs and to speed healing overall. Pain medications are given to control pain at the incision sites. Some women experience nausea after the procedure, particularly after a general anesthesia. Full recovery from a total abdominal hysterectomy can take 4 to 6 weeks. Recovery times are shorter for a vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomy. Sexual intercourse can resume 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure.
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