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I'm sorry that you faced this surgery at such a young age and for these reasons
Must have been disappointing when you realized they had to do a TAH.
As Cath said, initial recovery from a TAH is 6 to 8 weeks. At that time, you'll be released to slowly
resume your normal activities. However, full
recovery takes between 6 months and a full year. Don't despair: you'll see that you'll start feeling like your old self in a few weeks and that every day is a little better.
Regarding the bowels issue: lots of us complain of bowel problems, especially in the early weeks. That is due to a number of things, including after effects from the anesthesia, reaction to meds, reaction to the fasting most of us have to do before the surgery. It could also be due to our reduced activity level. However, one big reason is because the bowels settle in the space vacated by the uterus. That settling can take a while.
The best things you can do to help your bowels are:
1) drink plenty of water, preferably at room temperature (cold water can shock our system);
2) walk for recovery --- nice, slow and frequent walks work best;
3) add fiber to your diet... not too much as it can worsen any problems with
that you may be having.
I hope this helps. Sending lots of gentle, healing
s your way.