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Before you leave the hospital, your doctor will tell you when to schedule a follow-up office visit. At this visit, your doctor will check the healing of your incisions and remove any sutures or staples. If you have had an abdominal hysterectomy, the soreness at your incision site should ease gradually over a period of about two to three weeks and the strength of the incision heals in about six weeks. In most cases, you can resume sexual intercourse in six weeks. Talk with your doctor for guidance about resuming sexual intercourse and other activities (exercising, driving, sports, lifting).

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