HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
Advertising Info HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Pre-Op Hysterectomy Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


SHARING IS CARING

Hysterectomy FAQ for Family and Friends | Part 1

From the Pre-Op Hysterectomy Articles List

Hysterectomy FAQ for family and friendsFAQ for Family & Friends

Q: My wife is facing this surgery. Would it be helpful for me to attend her doctor appointments with her?

A: Yes, if it is possible, and if she agrees, it could be very helpful. Two sets of ears are always better as there are things the doctor may say that she may forget. Perhaps even take a little notepad and pen to jot down important points. Accompanying your wife to her appointments will also help you to better understand what this surgery is all about, what you can expect, and how you can assist her through this experience.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Q: Should I plan to take time off from my job when my wife comes home from the hospital?

A: Ideally, the patient should have someone with her for several days upon arriving home. She will tire easily and her movement will be limited in those first days home. Her main focus is on resting and pain control during this time. If there are small children in the home, she will require someone there to look after them, prepare meals, etc.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Q: The in-laws and kids want to visit at the hospital. Is that okay?

A: Young children may become frightened by the hospital atmosphere and the groggy post-op demeanor of their mother. She will be dozing LOTS while in the hospital. Let her decide for herself if she is up to receiving visitors. Phone calls can be a welcome substitute for in-person visitors.

Ideally, visitors should come to the home a few days AFTER hospital discharge, BRING DINNER, and keep their visit short.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Q: Friends and neighbors say: “Let me know if I can help.” How should we reply to them?

A: Ask them to prepare and bring over a meal, taxi your children somewhere, walk the dog, stop at the pharmacy and pick up a prescription, or vacuum or lift something.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Q: How soon after her surgery will she be able to drive?

A: Her doctor will give specific orders on this; it seems to vary considerably. Generally, it is at least two weeks post-op before clearance to drive is given, and it can be up to six weeks.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Q: I’m not very skilled at cooking, and my wife is great in the kitchen. When can she cook again?

A: Many women find that they need help from family or friends for a number of weeks after surgery. Even then, getting up to prepare a full meal can be difficult and tiring. Plan on bringing home healthy take-out food or deli items. You can also pick up frozen casseroles at the grocery store, and bake them according to directions on the package. Make a salad and you have a meal! Your wife will need help with kitchen chores. Try to be on hand to assist her, if needed, whenever she is up a bit. Be understanding if she is asleep on the couch when you come home.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Q: What are some things I can do to help my wife after I need to go return to my job and she is alone at home?

A: Her needs are simple:
  • Make sure a TV is handy and the remove control is near.
  • Move the phone near her and let her turn off the ring if she wants to sleep or call friends if she wants to chat.
  • Consider putting a cooler near her bed for juices and a sandwich if you are going to be gone all day.
  • Help her arrange her recovery room where stairs are not a problem.
  • Before you leave the house, ask if there is anything she needs.
  • Phone her before you leave work to ask if there is anything she needs to purchase on your way home.
  • Ask her how she is feeling and listen to her when you arrive home.
  • Learn to do laundry and other household chores to help her when you get home.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Continue to part 2



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-29-2003 - 04:15 PM


SHARING IS CARING


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!


HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.




HysterSisters Articles

Diagnosis
Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor




Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Caren C Reaves, M.D.
Caring for Women
2805 S. Mayhill Rd
Denton TX 76208
940-591-6700
Clifford Rogers, M.D.
The Everett Clinic, Dept. of Surgery and Gynecology
1330 Rockefeller Ave, Suite 120
Everett WA 98201
425 339 5424
Lori Warren, M.D.
3900 Kresge Way
Suite 30
Louisville KY 40207
502-891-8700
Stephen Zweibach, M.D.
515 S Kings Ave
Brandon FL 33511
8135712777
Siobhan Kehoe, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
214-645-4673
Jonas Wilson-Leedy, M.D.
71 Prospect Avenue
Hudson NY 24016
518-828-1400
Theresa Holladay, M.D.
War Memorial Hospital Women’s Health
509 Osborn Blvd., Suite 120
Sault St Marie MI 49783
906-635-3002
Jack Ayoub, M.D.
44035 Riverside Parkway
Suite 435
Leesburg VA 20176
703.858.5599
Geoffrey Cly, M.D.
Suite 101, 11123 Parkview Plaza Drive
Fort Wayne IN 46845
260-969-5530

Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

August 4,2020

CURRENT NEWS

HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays


Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  



Advertisement


Advertisement