Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
192 Doctors are Online

Had radical hysterectomy. Feeling short of breath. Normal?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 3163 Questions
I had a radical hysterectomy on August 13th. I was short of breath immediately after the surgery when I tried to walk which didn't really concern me but now, almost a month later, I am still short of breath. Some days are worse than others. I don't have to be exerting myself, I can just be sitting down and be short of breath but of course, any exertion I do makes it worse. I know there is a 6-8 week recovery period but is this shortness of breath normal this late into recovery?. There are days when I wake up in the morning feeling good, but as soon as I get out of bed, I feel the shortness of breath start immediately. Is this normal? When should I expect to feel like myself again?
Posted Wed, 25 Sep 2013 in Women's Health
Answered by Dr. Rhea Chanda 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
cardiac cause

Detailed Answer:
Shortness of breath at rest is even more serious .Usually due to a cardiac cause . It is unlikely that this is happening due to the surgery . Any anesthesia related complication can also be ruled out this late . It's important that you do some tests like a stress test , chest xray , echo and an ecg . Infection is unlikely since you dont have any fever . More than likely there is a cardiac cause or a pulmonary related cause . You should be examined by a cardialogist and an chest physician .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask an OBGYN

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor