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Abdominal vs. Vaginal vs. Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Recovery

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Abdominal, vaginal, lap hysterectomyHow does the recovery from Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) compare to that of other types of hysterectomy?

Women who have had a hysterectomy are often surprised to learn that their friends, relatives, co-workers and acquaintances may hold a misconception about the serious nature of a hysterectomy. While certain other surgeries, such as heart bypass surgery and organ transplants, are usually viewed by the general populace as being “major” surgery, people with no direct knowledge of a hysterectomy sometimes have the impression that it is a relatively minor procedure. This seems to be the case particularly with the less-invasive types of hysterectomy surgery.

Whether it be abdominal, vaginal, or laparoscopic; and whether one, both, or neither ovary is removed along with it, a hysterectomy is a hysterectomy is a hysterectomy. All are major surgeries with the potential for serious consequences.

It is important to remember that the surgical options which are appropriate for others would not necessarily be appropriate for you. Just because your gynecologist recommends an abdominal procedure does not mean he or she is incapable or unqualified to perform a different type of hysterectomy.

It may very well be that, in their opinion, an abdominal surgery provides the best opportunity for solving your particular health issues. If well-meaning individuals try to tell you otherwise, you should feel free to “set them straight” about their misconceptions.

There are success stories that result from all types of hysterectomies, just as there are failures. Vaginal hysterectomies are no less serious than abdominal ones, and having a laparoscopic procedure doesn’t guarantee a picture-perfect return to good health either. Actually, it has been said that women who do not have an incision to visually remind them of the operation are more likely to jeopardize their recovery by physically overexerting themselves too soon after the surgery.

These women also bear the burden of being aggravated by friends and relatives who, because they cannot see an external cut, believe that a hysterectomy is an “easy” surgery, and they consequently expect “too much, too soon” from the hysterectomy patient.

These women need to remind the people in their lives that the same organs are removed whether it was done via the abdomen or vagina, with big cuts or tiny incisions. The surgery is a significant trauma to the body no matter what method is used to accomplish it.

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.

09-11-2004 - 09:37 AM


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