three of us in L&D had hysterectomies a week apart! Each was for a different reason, each done differently.
one: for uterine prolapse at age 35! had a Vag. Hyst & oooferectomy (how'd ya like THAT spelling
! LOL) back to work in 4 weeks...felt good in 1-2 but No Lifting rules!
two: for small fibroids, pre-cancerous changes. Had Total Vag Hyst w/ laproscopic assist & bladder suspension. Had epidural anesth+Versed=puked for days & itched like crazy from the duramorph. back to work in 6 weeks, due to no lifing limits.
third, me: huge fibroids+ heavy, hemorrhagic periods lasting 3+weeks, severe anemia... Had total hyst & bladder suspension, abdomenal approach (I'm 300lbs & the uterus was size of 4 month pregnancy-so VagHyst was not an option.) I had 8 units of blood for preop & intraop bleeding--boy did I feel better after those! No n/v, but gradual recovery (i think i'm tough ol' "peasant stock") w/ full return to work at 6 weeks....AND a big huge perverse smile on my face when one of my peers c/o PMS or pads, etc! This was the best thing I did for myself! Alot less back pain, etc.
Hope this helps a bit