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General Health after hysterectomyI had my hysterectomy six months ago, and I feel better than I have in years. Can I expect this good health to continue?

Doctors don’t know for certain all the possible ramifications of removing an organ from the human body. It’s impossible to predict the future, long-term consequences for any hysterectomy patient. The following sentiments shared through the years by members of HysterSisters.com are examples of the wide range of possibilities:

Positive Long-Term Results

The majority of hysterectomy patients report that their quality of life has improved. Some report significant improvement, while others describe a “mixed bag” of sorts. For example:
  • “Since having my hysterectomy I have been pain-free for the first time in a decade. I have been able to play with my children, socialize with friends, and fully enjoy life.”

  • “For the most part, I am happy I had my surgery three years ago. I still have a few problems
    with my hormone replacement therapy, but overall I feel a lot better.”

  • “I had a few recovery problems early on, but five years later, I feel that having the surgery was the best decision for me.”

Health issues that begin subsequent to a hysterectomy may trigger suspicion among some patients that the hysterectomy “caused” the problem. For example, a patient who develops high blood pressure may think to herself, “I never had high blood pressure before my hysterectomy!” A woman with thinning hair may say, “Before I had my surgery, my hair was thick and luxurious!” However, every year millions of people worldwide develop hypertension, or experience thinning hair with aging -- even men, and women who still have a uterus. Consider the possibility that a certain medical condition may have occurred in your life regardless.

Negative Long-Term Results

Some hysterectomy patients discover that after the surgery their quality of life took a turn for the worse. Comments from these patients include:
  • It’s been three years since my surgery and I have tried every HRT available. Nothing works for me and I am miserable. If I had the choice to make again, I would have endured my gynecological problems until natural menopause.”

  • ”I suffered a surgical complication that resulted in several additional operations to try to repair the problem. Because of these multiple hospitalizations, I lost my job and my life spiraled downhill and it hasn‘t stopped."

  • “Having my uterus removed emotionally traumatized me and I can’t move past it. I never expected this to happen from ridding my body of an organ that gave me so much trouble over the years.”

Negative repercussions from a hysterectomy may include surgical complications, hormonal upheaval, sexual dysfunction, and depression. Unfortunately, for some women these issues are permanent.

For women who have no other viable option, almost any long-term side-effects are preferable over the alternative. Data shows that for the majority of hysterectomy patients the long-terms results are favorable, even for women who encounter some “bumps along the road” to eventual good health. But for others, their decision to have a hysterectomy is one they permanently regret. Generally, patients are able to accept a less-than-satisfactory outcome more easily if they went into surgery well-informed. All patients owe it to themselves to do their own research to make sure that having a hysterectomy is the best decision for them with the information available.

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.

02-29-2008 - 09:31 PM


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