Hi! Just thought I'd post here to share a so far pretty good experience. I'm 55 and haven't had a period in 10 years. I decided on LAVH when a pelvic ultrasound incidentally showed a thickened endometrium. I had no symptoms of uterine problems.
Pre-op bowel prep wasn't bad. Just stayed close to a bathroom.
. Surgery was scheduled late in the day and then was postponed 2 hours, which was a little annoying, but the environment was pleasant, nice music and I actually had time to read and pray and then got so bored I was yawning!
Once I was taken to surgery, it went fast. I woke up in pain, but from reading in the forums here, I expected that and knew the nursing team would take care of it. So I just kept croaking out "Pain, pain, pain" so they would know my level and how well they were taking care of it. They got the pain under control VERY quickly. A word of advice: I smoke, which limited the amount of pain killer they could give initially until my oxygen level got up to where it should be. So, it would have been faster if I didn't smoke. Never the less, they got the pain under control fast. They very quickly let my Dad come andkeep me company in recovery and bring me my glasses. All the nurses were very attentive, patient and kind. I was treated like a princess!
They chatted and joked with me and made me feel like there was nothing more important than ME. I hadn't expected that!
They were going to let me go home before I urinated, but I wanted to make sure I could, so I did! It wasn't bad, just burned a little at first. They had placed the catheter and took it out all while I was under anesthesia.
I checked in at 2:45 and went home around 8. I had been given a prescription for a narcotic and they told me where a nearby 24 hour pharmacy was, so we were able to fill that on the way home.
The drive home was a little uncomfortable (it was in a sports car, a Cadillac or Lexus with cushy suspension would have been better
). I had no nausea.
I learned alot pre-op from Hystersisters - so I was prepared with peppermint tea, ginger tea, sanitary napkins (although the hospital gave me a whole package), stool softeners, pillows, placing things I'd need within easy reach, etc. Hystersisters emphasized taking it easy, move carefully and slowly, be gentle on myself. I got a lot of shopping, cleaning and laundry done ahead of time. So now I just make sure I get up and walk around every so often. I haven't had any problems getting in and out of bed or chairs, just being careful and keeping pillows around everywhere I want to sit. There is some pain, kind of like menstrual cramps, but the Motrin helps a lot, with a little Tylanol 3, which I intend to stop as soon as I can to avoid constipation. This morning I made breakfast, and am drinking alot of liquids. We'll see if I need Milk of Magnesia, for now I'll start taking a stool softener.
I just wanted to let other sisters know that it hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be! So far, so good. My doctors and nurses were very helpful, but the Hystersisters website has been soooo informative and comforting. It's good to know that as I continue to recover, there's a site like this to turn to!
Bless you all!