Are you suffering with Swelly Belly? What helped your swollen stomach after your Hysterectomy?

If you are experiencing excessive swelling after your Hysterectomy, that’s probably because you are doing too much, too soon!   While each passing day after surgery finds you feeling more energetic, don’t be tricked into not resting properly.  Resting is the key to healing the best you can!

It’s normal to feel great one day and then not so great another.  Hang in there!  You’ve had major surgery and it takes some time to get back to normal.  We encourage you to come see us on the main site where you can interact with your fellow HysterSisters about their experiences post-surgery.

Read more here about Excessive Swelling After Hysterectomy.

Is your husband being helpful as you prepare for your Hysterectomy? How did your spouse respond before and after your surgery?

Today is Spouse’s Day, so it seemed like just the right day to offer some advice for our fellow HysterSisters that may need it with regards to how their spouses are reacting to their upcoming hysterectomy.

As varied as spouses are, so are their responses to their wive’s upcoming hysterectomy.  Some spouses will be supportive, involved and/or helpful whereas other spouses will cope by withdrawing.

Find out more about Helping Hubby Understand your Hysterectomy.

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Are you considering a tummy tuck at the same time as your hysterectomy? Have you had a tummy tuck?

Because insurance doesn’t cover a tummy tuck, then it makes financial sense for many women to consider the procedure at the same time as their hysterectomy since they will already be at the hospital/surgery center and under anesthesia.

However, if you are considering a tummy tuck because of your hysterectomy (rather than in addition to), we encourage you to talk with other women both that you know and in our forum about their experiences as not all hysterectomies will affect your stomach shape long-term.

Get more information about Tummy Tuck during Hysterectomy?

Are you recovering in a home with small children? How did you juggle taking care of children and yourself?

Today is National Hugging Day!  Some of the best hugs given are by the dear children in our life!!  If you are recovering though in a home where small children are also needing to be cared for, it can be a bit tricky as you balance taking care of them while also taking care of yourself, which yes…needs to be taken as seriously as the needs of those dear children!

While many women can relate to the pride of independence and not taking or asking for help, having a hysterectomy is a major surgery and so now would be a good time to actually say ‘Yes’ when your friends and/or family ask if there is something that they can do for you.

Many HysterSisters provided some of their tips/ideas based upon their experience on Recovering from Hysterectomy with Young Children.  One of their experiences relates to how they were still able to get and give hugs from their son so that you can still partake of National Hugging Day if you’d like to!

Have you been diagnosed with endometriosis? How did you treat your endometriosis?

Because endometriosis is a complicated and complex condition, you will need to find a surgeon that specializes and/or is knowledgeable with this condition.  Your surgeon will work with you on recommending and then performing the surgery that best fits your situation.

One of the myths that women hear about surgery and endometriosis is that a hysterectomy is a cure for endometriosis, but there are other myths out there too.  Read 5 Myths about Endometriosis and Surgery here.

Do you worry about waking up during hysterectomy? Have you ever woken up during anesthesia?

While many women fear possibly waking up during surgery, there is a very slim chance of that happening during your procedure (Whew!)

Unexpectedly waking up during surgery is called anesthesia awareness and occurs in less than 1% of all general anesthesia cases in the United States.

Read here to find some answers to What if I Wake up During my Hysterectomy?

How did you rest after your Hysterectomy? Are you having trouble sleeping after your Hysterectomy?

As we interact with the HysterSisters, we see the issue of sleep come up often.  While your body needs sleep to repair and rejuvenate itself on a daily basis, sleep is even more important for your body’s repair after a major surgery such as Hysterectomy.

Some women’s sleep issues involve the inability to remain still enough to let sleep come to them while for others they settle in for sleep yet struggle with insomnia and then there are even other women that just can’t get comfortable enough for sleep.

The HysterSisters offer tips from their own experience on our website and we have compiled a list of tips and recommendations for Resting after Hysterectomy.

Did your Vaginal Cuff tear after your Hysterectomy? How can you prevent a Vaginal Cuff tear?

While tearing of the vaginal cuff, also known as vaginal cuff dehiscence, occurs very rarely, it is a serious complication that can occur following a complete hysterectomy.

Risk factors for this occurrence range from surgery variables to health issues to overdoing it after surgery.  Some signs of vaginal cuff dehiscence include abdominal pain or a watery discharge and it is of upmost importance that if you experience a vaginal cuff tear that it is repaired immediately.

The best way to prevent Vaginal Cuff Dehiscence is to follow your doctor’s orders after your hysterectomy.  We share more symptoms and preventative tips of a Vaginal Cuff tear after Hysterectomy here.

How did you feel about no longer having periods? Are you looking forward to your last period?

Some women find that they can’t wait to no longer have a period.  Other women find that while periods are inconvenient and sometimes embarrassing, the end of their periods puts them into a different stage of life sometime ahead of when they are emotionally ready.

Whether your feelings about your last period of ones of happiness, sadness or something in between just know that is completely normal!  If you want to chat with women that have experienced their last period, you can do that on our main website in our Forum area.

You can also read here about 4 Thoughts about Your Last Period before Hysterectomy.