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Unread 08-08-2005, 08:08 PM
biology majors/ nurse question!

i have been wondering, now that i have had my tah...
what is going on inside me??? my doc. took every thing out... what fills up the space left behind??? shouldn't i lose some weight after all those parts came out??? .. my doctor looks at me like i am nuts when i ask these questions...soooo, where does the bladder sit??? i guess another question is what parts are left??? i have sharp pains on the left side, above the incision... is there anything there (parts wise)??? i have read on this site about those phantom pains, is that what this is??? why does my belly bulge get bigger as the day goes on??? thanks to all who take the time and energy to post on this site, it has been a real help!!!
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Unread 08-08-2005, 08:19 PM
biology majors/ nurse question!

I think your internal organs move in to fill in the empty space, don't you? An injury of any sort draws fluid to it, hence you have swelling and gravity pulls on it all day long and voila!! by nightfall, it's bigger. Have you ever taken a long hike and come back with swollen fingers but left the car with normal size fingers? Same principle.

Your organs were probably being displaced by your uterus and the various other fibroids, cysts, whatever was in there that shouldn't have been and having that out, they breathed a sigh of relief and moved in to fill the void. There is an incredible amount of intestines and a huge double muscle covering your abdomen which may have been cut during surgery or possibly just retracted. Things have been "man handled" roughed up and are settling back in throwing a party to be rid of the uterus. If you would like to see a hysterectomy, a uterus with fibroids, endo, etc., google it and you'll see plenty.

Love, Patty
Unread 08-08-2005, 10:07 PM
biology majors/ nurse question!

Patty is right-----the intestines just slide down into the area where the uterus was and fills it in. The bladder is still in the same position----it has ligaments that hold it in place. As far as what's left, that depends on what they took. If it was a total, then the uterus and cervix are gone. Some people also have their ovaries & fallopian tubes taken out as well (I still have those). The swelling is from the injury to the abdomen (it is an "injury" when the muscles and other parts are cut during surgery). It is the body's natural response. Weight loss would depend on what size the uterus and such were prior to them being taken out, which might not be as much as you would think. Best wishes with your recovery!
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Unread 08-09-2005, 12:56 AM
biology majors/ nurse question!

I was curious how much less my weight would be after removal of my reproductive organs and the "pelvic mass" that had necessitated the surgery. As it turned out, my weight diminished by four pounds, and in spite of the swelly-belly phenomenon, my abdomen is decidedly less protruding, as well as much less hard.

I read somewhere that typical blood loss during TAH was about 200 cc (about 200 grams - nearly half a pound), so that could be a significant part of the lost weight.

Interesting facts got by "googling" (Disclaimer: although each is indicated by at least two independent websites, it is unlikely but CONCEIVABLE that it is incorrect):

Typical weight of a non-pregnant uterus is 70 grams (2.5 oz) and a single ovary is 2 - 3.5 grams (0.07 - 0.12 oz).

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