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Expectations vs. Reality of Hysterectomy

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Expectations vs Reality for hysterectomyI did everything I could to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for my hysterectomy, but now that I am going through my recovery, I feel misled and unprepared. Did I miss something, or does the hysterectomy culture intentionally leave certain details out?


Predicting outcomes for a hysterectomy is difficult. Doctors do their best to predict based on studies, and HysterSisters do their best to provide helpful information from their own experiences, but the fact of the matter is that everyone recovers differently. No matter what type of hysterectomy you have, there are too many variables to ever know exactly how things will turn out.

In conjunction with this, it is also important to take advertisements for minimally invasive surgeries and quick recoveries with a grain of salt. Remember that it is a business for them, and just like any business, they will advertise the optimal results (i.e. a 2–6 week recovery) possible. Just because these results are possible and have happened for other women, however, doesn't mean they are guaranteed to happen for you. Your recovery may not be so picture perfect. Be sure to specifically ask your surgeon what a realistic recovery time would be for your surgery type. It may all depend on your general health and lifestyle.

The best thing you can do is prepare for both the expected and the unexpected. It is always good to ask questions and read about all the common outcomes, but you must also remember that your outcomes may not be common. Be optimistic as you face your surgery, but brace yourself for the surprises that may come with 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.

04-02-2013 - 04:21 PM


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