Did your doctor use laparoscopy for diagnosing your condition? How did your laparoscopy go?


Laparoscopy

A laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that allows your surgeon to look inside your abdominal and pelvic region. The surgery can be used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes.

Your laparoscopy will be done in a surgical facility under anesthesia. Depending on what all your surgeon plans, you could have an incision in your belly button, at your pubic bone, and on each hip. These incisions are usually no more than an inch in length and may be closed with glue, stitches, and/or Steri-Strips.

Read more about Laparoscopy Basics.

Did you have Uterine Cancer? How has your recovery been?


uterine cancer

Uterine cancer is cancer that occurs in any part of the uterus except the cervix. The most common type of uterine cancer begins in the endometrium, but uterine cancer can also begin in the muscular layer and connective tissues of the uterus.

Endometrial cancer, the most common type of uterine cancer, begins in the endometrium which is the lining of the uterus. This type of cancer often causes vaginal bleeding which can prompt women to seek medical attention. When detected and treated early, a hysterectomy can cure this type of cancer.

Read more about Uterine Cancer.

Fatigue LONG after Hysterectomy Recovery? How did you manage your fatigue?


hysterectomy fatigue

Many HysterSisters report still feeling fatigued during their first year following their hysterectomy. This may be related to the surgery, but it may also be symptoms of other health issues.

If you have had menopause symptoms like hot flashes or sleep disturbance, it may be a hormone problem. Your hormone levels may need to be tested, and you may need to have a conversation with your doctor about hormone replacement therapy. Having the right balance of estrogen can help you feel better.

Read more about Fatigue after 3+ months Hysterectomy Recovery.

How did you know? Is having a Hysterectomy the right decision?


Decisions making hysterectomy

A little worry is healthy when you are facing the decision to have a hysterectomy—it is definitely a serious decision. After all, a hysterectomy is a major surgery, and there is no way to predict exactly how your body will respond. HysterSisters report a variety of post-op outcomes—good, bad, and everything in between.

Many women feel better after their surgery. These are typically women whose lives were severely hampered by the presence of heavy bleeding or symptoms with large fibroids. And most women get through the recovery process without complications and go on to enjoy their lives post-hysterectomy.

Read more about making the right decision to have a hysterectomy.

Can you change your risks for breast cancer? What did you do to alter your risk for breast cancer?


Breast cancer risk factors

There are several risk factors for developing breast cancer. Some of them you can change, and some of them you cannot. Having one or more of these risk factors does not mean you will develop breast cancer, nor does each factor carry the same risks. Conversely, not having these risk factors does not guarantee you will not develop breast cancer. Knowing about the various risks for breast cancer can allow you to be proactive with your health so you and your doctor can work to minimize them in your life.

There are risks you can’t change. There are some things you CAN change.

Read about Breast Cancer Risk Factors.

What helped you with weight loss after hysterectomy? Add to our list. Do this. Not that. Weight loss after hysterectomy


Weight loss after hysterectomy

What are some do’s and don’ts I should follow when trying to lose weight after my hysterectomy and during menopause?

Losing weight after a hysterectomy and during menopause can require a commitment on your part. Though it can take some time and effort, it’s possible to lose weight and make positive changes for your health.

Knowing some basic tips for weight loss can make the process easier. But before making any changes, you should talk to your doctor about an exercise and diet plan that is best for you. When you are ready, here are some simple do’s and don’ts that you can follow to help you lose weight less stressfully.

Read more: Do this Not that – Weight Loss after Hysterectomy.

Did you experience FATIGUE after your hysterectomy? Did it last long? How long did you experience fatigue after hysterectomy?


Fatigue after hysterectomy

I am still exhausted at the end of the day. Is this normal for two months after a hysterectomy?

Your doctor may have released you to go back to the activities you enjoyed before your hysterectomy. You may have gone back to work. Your friends and family may expect you to be back 100%.

But you may still be experiencing fatigue.

You may get up in the morning and feel wonderful. You may enjoy a day full of activity. But at some point, perhaps late in the day, your fatigue takes over.

Read more about Fatigue after Hysterectomy.

Have you had PTSD? Did it affect your hysterectomy experience?


PTSD and hysterectomy

What are some ways I can educate those who will be taking care of me about my Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? How are others managing PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symptoms of PTSD fall into three main categories: reliving the event (to the extent that it disturbs day-to-day activity), avoidance, and hypervigilance.

As you face surgery, your main goal is to make sure the nurses, doctors and hospitals understand that you do not have a simple case of anxiety, but are under managed medical care for PTSD.

Read more about PTSD and Your Hysterectomy.

Did you have genetic testing? What do you need to know about genetic testing?


Genetic testing for BRCA

Genetic testing is a means of determining if you have a genetic predisposition for certain medical conditions by examining your DNA. The results of such a test allow you to take steps to minimize the probability and/or impact of the condition actually occurring.

While genetic testing can be a helpful indicator, it is not meant to be a fortune teller. In other words, a positive result does not guarantee you will have a particular illness or disease. Likewise, a negative result does not mean you will never have a specific disorder. It is just a way to better assess your risk so that you can take preventative measures.  Read more about Genetic Testing.

Are you drinking enough water? How do you add water to your day?


water after hysterectomy

Why is it so important to drink water?

You probably know that you should be drinking water every day, but do you know why? It does more than quench your thirst. It’s essential for every cell, organ, and tissue in your body. After all, more that half of your body made up of water!

Water has no calories, is available in your kitchen, and comes with no side effects. You can carry it around with you, making it simple (once you are in the habit) to drink at least 8 glasses per day. It is essential for preventing dehydration and promoting good health, so drink up!

Read more about Drinking water after hysterectomy for your fitness and well-being.