Did you have high triglycerides following your hysterectomy? How did you lower your high numbers?

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.

How do you prevent night sweats? What has helped?

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

Did you have a seroma following your hysterectomy? What is a seroma? How is it treated?

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

Did your hysterectomy get changed from a laparoscopic to abdominal?

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?

Have you been diagnosed with osteopenia? Were you given medication to help?

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

Did you have blurry vision following your hysterectomy?

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

When did you meet with your anesthesiologist? What questions were helpful for you?

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