What to Expect After Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

What can you expect as a recovery time after hysterectomy surgery or another gynecologic robotic surgery?

At Loma Linda, gynecologic robotic surgery patients often leave the hospital the next day. For recovery after a hysterectomy, most women are back to their usual activities in 2-4 weeks. Click here for FAQs or Sex after Hysterectomy.

With de Vinci robotic surgery, you can also expect excellent outcomes as well as:

  • Faster recovery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker return to daily activities
  • Less pain
  • Smaller scars
  • Less blood loss
  • Lower risk of unwanted side effects

After Surgery

  • Most patients spend about 1-2 hours in the post-surgical recovery unit. If an overnight stay is needed, they are transferred to our post-operative floor. We wil let your family know by pager when they can see you.
  • Most patients are ready to go home the day after surgery. Our team will meet with you in the morning to see when you can go home.
  • Patients often feel mild to moderate bloating due to the medications used during surgery. Anti-gas medications and walking will help.
  • On discharge, you will go home with a prescription for medications. If you have a problem with these medicines, please call our office.
  • We will tell you when to return for a postoperative check up when you are discharged. These are usually 1-2 weeks after surgery.

At Home

  • Try to stay active. You may have some discomfort or feel tired, but walking slowly wil help you recover.
  • Eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water to speed healing.
  • Try to get plenty of sleep each night.
  • Many patients srop taking pain medications in the first week after surgery, but taking them before bedtime can help keep you comfortable.
  • Do not strain or lift anything over about 20 pounds.
  • You can drive in the first few days after surgery if you are not taking narcotic pain medications.
  • Most patients can return to work in about 2 weeks. If your work involves heavy lifting or other strenuous activity, it is best to wait 6 weeks.
  • In general, post surgical discomfort, nausea, and bloating should decrease steadily each day. If pain worsens or becomes severe, fever develops, or bleeding from the vagina or the incisions is noted, please call our office right away. If it is after hours the hospital operator can page a member of our on-call team.