Triglycerides are a kind of lipid (fat) found in your blood. They are different from cholesterol. Triglycerides store unused calories to provide your body with energy between meals. They build up in your fat cells and bloodstream if you consistently consume more calories than you need—particularly if those calories are from simple carbohydrates and fats.
Read more about Body Chemistry: Triglycerides.
Night sweats refer to any excess sweating that occurs during the night and are similar to hot flashes you get during the day. They result in profuse sweating. They are dreaded — striking without warning and won’t stop until they’ve gotten you out of bed. If this sounds familiar, try these tips to stop night sweats before they happen!
Read more about 7 Ways to Prevent Night Sweats
A seroma is an accumulation of fluid that can occur after any kind of surgery, including a hysterectomy. It is normally a clear fluid that is leaking from damaged blood and lymphatic vessels through an incision. Small seromas may not require any treatment; they often resolve on their own. Larger seromas may require that the fluid be removed, usually with a needle. If the fluid doesn’t stop accumulating, the fluid may need to be drained multiple times, or a drain may be placed at the site.
Read more about Seroma Risk after Hysterectomy
There should be little, if any, change in the anesthesia plan if your surgery is converted from a laparoscopic to an abdominal hysterectomy. Both of these types of hysterectomy require general anesthesia with an endotracheal (breathing) tube along with muscle relaxation.
Read more about Anesthesia | What if My Hysterectomy Is Converted from Laparoscopic to Abdominal?
Osteopenia refers to low bone mineral density that is not yet low enough to be classified as osteoporosis. Everyone loses bone mass as they get older, so it is something to watch beginning in your thirties. Osteopenia can be treated with bone building medications before it develops into osteoporosis. Here are some comments by HysterSisters about their experiences taking Actonel, Fosamax, or other bone density treatments.
Read more about Osteoporosis | Bone Density Concerns
Not all hot flashes are created equal. They come in all variations of intensity, duration, and frequency. So when your doctor asks you how severe your hot flashes are, it’s important to know where you fall on the scale.
Read more about Hot Flashes: How How is Hot?
There can be multiple reasons for blurred vision following surgery: anesthesia, medications, positioning during surgery, changes in the body and lifestyle following surgery, and hormones.
One of the side effects of the anesthesia medications can be blurry vision, which should not last more than a few hours or a few days.
Read more about Blurry Vision after Hysterectomy
Your anesthesiologist will play a critical role in your hysterectomy. It will be his job to ensure you are comfortable and safe during your surgery. He will be responsible for keeping you asleep and/or sedated during the actual procedure. He will monitor your heart, lungs, temperature, and oxygen levels during the surgery.
Read more about Anesthesia | Talking to the Anesthesiologist before Your Hysterectomy
We all know that smoking is bad for our health and the health of those around us, but quitting is a difficult thing to do. You can do it, though! Here are some helpful comments and stories by HysterSisters who are fighting and winning the battle to be quitters.
Read more about Smoking? Be a Quitter!
Insomnia can be a tricky issue after menopause. Sometimes it can be fixed with simple lifestyle changes, other times it takes medical treatment. But many times, sleep problems have other causes that need to be addressed.
Read more about 5 Reasons You Can’t Sleep during Menopause