In most cases, patients follow up with their physician 4 to 6 weeks after undergoing hysterectomy. The following symptoms and complications may indicate a medical emergency and should be reported to a health care provider as soon as possible:

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding that soaks more than 2 pads in an hour
  • Chest pain, cough, or difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty with bowel movements, especially after 3–5 days or if accompanied by pain and swelling in the lower abdomen
  • Fever over 100°F
  • Hot flashes, sweating, flushing, or increased heart rate
  • Large, painful blood clots
  • Pain or tenderness and swelling in the legs, especially back of the calf
  • Pain not relieved by medications
  • Painful or burning urination, cloudy urine
  • Pain, discomfort, or bleeding during sex

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 10 Jun 2001

Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015