While you may have been released to return to work, your body is still going through an adjustment period and regaining its strength. While it’s ideal to return to work on a part-time basis if possible we realize that not everyone can do that. Therefore, it’s important for you to do what you can to ease back into your normal schedule.
Walk when you can at the office, drink plenty of water throughout the day and continue to let others help with household chores such as dinner and laundry. And, rest, rest, rest! While most women are anxious to get back to their normal routine, ease into it slowly. For some women, complete recover will take 6 months to even a year.
Read here for Tips for Returning to Work After Hysterectomy.
Once you are told that your health condition needs to be taken care of you, you now have a multitude of decisions you have to make. Decisions involve deciding about getting a second opinion to selecting which procedure to have to even which organs you are going to have removed. Fortunately, a hysterectomy is rarely an emergency surgery, so women generally have time to learn about their options and make the best decision for their health.
Did you know that a hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus only? Many women think a hysterectomy involves more organs, but removing your cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes are separate procedures which can be discussed with your doctor as to whether or not they should be removed at the same time as your uterus. Read here about 3 Choices to Make for Your Hysterectomy.
The more you know about your choices, the better decisions you can make for your immediate and long term health.
While gathering information for and/or working on a treatment plan for your specific condition, you will often be directed to keep a symptom diary. While one of the easiest things to do, it’s often something women don’t bother with. However, there are two main reasons for keeping a symptom diary after your hysterectomy: specifics and consistency. It’s hard to correctly remember exactly what we are feeling, when we were feeling, what we were doing when the symptom occurred, etc.
Keeping a symptom diary can be done on a computer, tablet and/or notebook. However, if you are an app fan, then yes…we have an app for that! The HysterSisters App for Apple and Android has a symptom diary built in so you can track your symptoms on the go, right in the palm of your hand.
No matter which method you choose, keeping a symptom diary will help your doctors to take you seriously when you can show him/her details about your symptoms, what you have/have not tried, whether your symptoms fluctuate/are triggered, etc. Read more here about keeping a Symptom Diary after Hysterectomy (or for any other health concerns/procedures you may have).
A hysterectomy is a major surgery and while it’s a positive experience for most women, there are some women whose experiences were negative and/or regretful. As with any major surgery, it is important that you weigh the pros and cons and unless your condition is life-threatening, you should really consider taking the time to get a second opinion.
Another thing to consider are alternative treatment options. While over 500,000 hysterectomies are done each year in the United States alone, there are less invasive options available that have less risks and long term implications.
While you may have heard or been told the reasons for a hysterectomy, here are 5 Reasons NOT to have a Hysterectomy.
HysterSisters.com welcomes thousands of visitors through our virtual doors each day. Our guests and members are looking for information, answers to questions and more for everything from pre-op to post-op. Some visitors will spend their time hanging out in our articles library while others will “sight see” all over our site with others spending time chatting with the HysterSisters in the forum/chat areas where we have many different groups to reach a multitude of needs and situations.
Many HysterSisters remain active in our community for years after their surgery both for personal use as well as a resource for other women. However, most all of them came to us before their surgery. It’s completely normal and common to have doubts, worries, fears, uncertainties and lots and lots of questions! Many of those questions are about how best to prepare for their Hysterectomy.
Here is list compiled from the HysterSisters of What I did Right During my Hysterectomy.
Today is ‘Tell a Story Day’ and we at HysterSisters are big fans of a good story! Not only did we put together a list of 100 Favorite Books Favorite Books for Hysterectomy Recovery from HysterSisters, but we also have had your fellow HysterSisters share their stories with us!
HysterSisters have shared their stories of everything from worry, indecision, frustration and fear to triumph, relief, reclaimed health, energy and life Sharing is Caring and because of that we so enjoy each and every story that a HysterSister takes the time to share with others.
You can find those stories on HysterSisters.com or on Hysterectomy.org. Want to share yours with us? We’d love to hear it! Click here
Deciding to have a hysterectomy can be difficult, especially for women who don’t have someone else to talk to. But that’s changing thanks to support groups like the “Hyster Sisters.”
“Hyster sisters” is a website that provides support through diagnosis to surgery and recovery. The goal is help women share knowledge and their experiences.
For Angela Plante, the decision to have a hysterectomy came after years of careful consideration.
“Emotionally, it took me almost 5 years to prepare emotionally….psychologically. For it, I had to be completely ready this is the right thing to do.”
Angela went through the procedure as an outpatient…and she’s one of many. The National Women’s Health Network says nearly one in three women have the procedure by age 60.
Read more: Support Group Helps Women Through Hysterectomy
Today is World Book Day!! So, it seemed like a great day to share one of our favorites lists compiled with the help of our fellow HysterSisters! Click here for 100 Favorite Books for Hysterectomy Recovery!
In addition to articles and lists like this, our website is home to many forums where women chat and share about all sorts of conditions, problems, procedures and more!
We also have a store of hysterectomy and menopause related products, a doctor search area and even a new area. So after you’ve spent some time with your nose in a good book, come spend some time with us! See you on the main site!
Besides making you feel frustrated or sometimes even in pain, constipation can also be a risk factor for pelvic organ prolapse. It can occur for a number of reasons including inadequate water intake, not enough fiber, and inactivity. Stress, depression, and several other health issues can also cause constipation. Medications and supplements used following a surgery or for pain may also contribute to constipation.
So now that you know why it could occur, now you know how important it is to manage it, especially just after a surgery such as hysterectomy or pelvic floor repair.
Here are 10 Tips for Managing Constipation, but you should also work with your medical team to avoid manage any complication and avoid risks.
Is a Hysterectomy Right for Me?
To determine the right answer for you, you have to take some time to weigh your options, get a second opinion and even consider minimally invasive treatment options that might also be right for your condition.
In addition to contemplating the information you get from your doctor, you may also find it helpful to talk to female friends, family members and/or colleagues about their experiences. The HysterSisters are also a great resource and it is their tips that you can read about here.
No matter what you decide, you are your own best advocate and we wish you all the best as you make the decision that is best for you!