Over and over again, we see recent Post-op hysterectomy members posting to their Pre-Op sisters who are waiting with the message, “The waiting is the hardest part.” And while no one disputes that waiting for the surgery is difficult for most, especially if you have to wait a long time, is it truly “the hardest” thing of all, for everyone?
Let’s give this question consideration here.
Statistically, a hysterectomy is a safe surgery compared to other major operations, with a low rate of serious complications and negative repercussions. On the related topic of HRT—theoretically, HRT “should” replace the hormones the body used to make and result in a woman feeling exactly the same as when she had functioning ovaries. While it’s true that the vast majority of women who have a hysterectomy (whether they retained their ovaries or not) recover wonderfully and ride off happily into the sunset to begin their new-and-improved life, we all know that there are no guarantees with any surgery, which is one of the reasons many of us agonize over making the decision to even have the surgery in the first place.
Read more: Is Waiting the Hardest Part of a Hysterectomy?
How did you deal with waiting for your surgery? One member said this:
I am scheduled for a LAVH on may 15th and I was nervous when the doctor first told me I needed a hysterectomy but I expected it and I was okay with it. The wait is starting to get to me. I am getting more nervous ever day and I still have 44 days left. Just wondering how people deal with the long wait and are able to stay some what calm and what they do to help prepare themselves?
Participate in her discussion here: Waiting for Hysterectomy.
Here are some great tips as you prepare for your surgery. What about you? What are your favorite preparing for hysterectomy tips?
Ask the Doctor: Most women are candidates for minimally invasive surgery, meaning less recovery time and less pain. To find out if you are a candidate, find a doctor who specializes in minimally invasive surgery who can give you the best chances for success.
Get Organized: You may only have a handful of documents to begin with, but they will increase exponentially between now and your surgery date. Get ahead now by creating a binder or folder for all of your medical paperwork.
Read more: Prepare for Hysterectomy Tips.
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Were you dizzy or light-headed following your hysterectomy? There are a number of things that can cause you to feel light-headed or dizzy after a hysterectomy, but you should never take these symptoms lightly. Light-headedness and dizziness can also be signs of a some serious health concerns, so you should consult with your doctor. Read on for some of the most commons reasons HysterSisters have reported feeling dizzy or light-headed after surgery.
Dizzy or Light-headed after hysterectomy.
One member reported during her hysterectomy recovery: “I had been doing great. I was out moving around and beginning to do things; then all of a sudden I felt like a truck had hit me. I had sharp pains in my belly and back and no energy. I ended up staying in bed for almost a day and a half.”
In addition to following your doctor’s orders “to the letter” concerning resuming your physical activity during your hysterectomy recovery, it’s important to “listen to your body” and obey the signals it is sending you. If you feel achy and sore, go to bed and rest. All types of hysterectomies are major surgeries. Be smart and invest some time and patience in your recovery. Your good sense in this regard will likely serve you well in the weeks, months, and years to come
Did I overdo it during hysterectomy recovery?
Some women report feeling great after their hysterectomy with the surgery giving them a renewed interest in life and new hobbies. They change the direction of their life by quitting a job they didn’t like or going back to school to begin a new career. Others reports not feeling like themselves and feeling lost.
Following a hysterectomy, you will be very focused your physical healing. However, recovery is also a good time to focus on your inner self. Of course, everyone will have different methods for doing this, but these suggestions may be a good place to start.
How did you Nurture your inner self after hysterectomy?
Yet – they spread seeds of hope instead
Women report a variety of different side effects following a hysterectomy, some good and some bad. Your experience could depend on a number of factors including the reason for your surgery, type of surgery, medical history, and current symptoms. Here are some common hysterectomy side effects that you may experience following your surgery:
- Better quality of life
- Complete transformation of life
- More enjoyable sex
- Less painful exercise
- Greater physical, emotional, and mental health
- New sheets and panties
- No more anemia
- No more fear of embarrassing accidents in public
- No more backaches
- No more birth control pills
- No more bleeding or clots
- No more cancer
Read more Side Effects After Hysterectomy
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Our members frequently ask: What is the normal healing time following hysterectomy? Is it normal to feel great at 2 weeks post op? Is it normal to feel lousy at 6 weeks or 8 weeks after hysterectomy? What about 8 months and not feeling great?
Here is one member who asks: I’m nearly 6 weeks post hysterectomy and not feeling so great. Is this normal? Come share your post-op hysterectomy experience with her!