Thank you Hyster Sisters for all the wealth of information on this site! I was originally scheduled for a laproscopic hysterectomy on December 21, 2011 due to excessive bleeding, 30 + days of bleeding, endometriosis, and lower back pain. During my surgery, my doctor found that I had a bicornate uterus that was totally split in half and tilted. In addition, there was a band of tissue that was attached to the uterus, bowel, and bladder. My surgeon had no choice to do a total abdominal hysterectomy. My surgery lasted four hours with a urologist repairing my bladder and a general surgeon removing the band of tissue from my bowel.
The first two days in the hospital were pure hell. I became sick from the morphine, running a fever, a lot of pain, and could not tolerate any food. I spent my Christmas in the hospital which was depressing.
On January 5th, I started to bleed and was soaking through a pad an hour. Thanks to all the people that posted about bleeding and when to call the doctor. I called my doctor and was instructed to go to the hospital. The hospital was of no help and blamed it on menstral cramps! I showed the doctor my incision and asked him to notify my doctor, which he did not. I was released to the hospital and went immediately to my doctor's office for treatment. I had a blood clot that was putting pressure on my vaginal cuff. I was treated by my doctor and instructed to stay in bed.
Today, I went for my 6 week checkup. My doctor was totally amazed on my recovery. My vaginal cuff was healed, minimal belly swelling, blood pressure back to normal, iron level normal, and my energy has returned! I was released to slowly get back into a normal activities. I was also instructed to listen to my body and not over due it.