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Chronic Health Concern and Hysterectomy

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Chronic health concerns and hysterectomyI am having a hysterectomy soon. I have concerns because I also have a chronic health condition. What can I do to make sure my surgery and recovery go smoothly?

Having any type of chronic health condition requires that one be diligent with her health. By itself, a hysterectomy is a major surgery that can require some planning for optimal results. Combine the two issues and one does need to be prepared and proactive to allow for the best and smoothest outcome.

First, make sure your entire medical team is fully aware of the upcoming surgery so you can start working together to help the whole process go as well as possible. The doctor who primarily treats your chronic health condition may have some specific tips for you to prepare you for surgery. S/he may also want to adjust any medications you are using and may want to see you more frequently during recovery. It is also possible this doctor will want to speak to your surgeon about any unique issues for your case and to answer any questions your surgeon may have. If at all possible, use a medical facility where both doctors have privileges so they both can take part in your care during your hospital stay.

You will need to know in advance if you are allowed to continue using medications as usual, or if any adjustments need to be made in the days leading to surgery, during your bowel prep (if one is ordered), and on the day of surgery. Talk to both your surgeon and the doctor who manages your chronic condition about any changes.

During your hospital stay, make sure the staff is aware of your chronic health concern so they can treat you accordingly. If you or they have any questions, know how to contact the physician who generally manages your care.

During recovery, you will also want to monitor your pain carefully to be sure you not overdoing it but also not over medicating. Make sure to talk to both doctors about all medications you will be taking for surgical pain and to manage your chronic health concern.

When released to do so, be sure to walk as a light form of exercise but don't over do it. As always, drink plenty of fluids and follow a healthy diet.

You, your surgeon, and the doctor who manages your chronic health condition will need to be a team during your hysterectomy journey. You will want to keep the lines of communication open and be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you have with both doctors. You all will need to be on the same page for you to have optimal results.

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.

03-16-2012 - 08:31 PM


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