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25 Things to Know Before Your Hysterectomy

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What are some things you wish you had been told before your hysterectomyWhat are some things you wish you had been told before your hysterectomy?

With all the information available online, in books, and through the media, it can be easy to get inundated with hysterectomy information. Yet, even with all those facts and opinions, you can still end up a bit unprepared for the actual surgery, hospital stay, and recovery unless you talk to someone who has been there, done that! Hearing first hand experiences can give you important information you won’t find in a book or scientific journal.

Here is a list of things that other HysterSisters wish they had been told prior to their hysterectomies, as well as some hints they have shared. If you add these tips to your factual notes, you can be better prepared for your upcoming hysterectomy and recovery!

HysterSisters Hints:

  1. Pack lightly–you won’t use half of what you think you will so don't bring a lot to the hospital.
  2. Wear clothing to the hospital you can also wear home.
  3. Drink a lot of water and liquids before surgery so you’ll be hydrated; it will make it easier when getting your IV, too.
  4. As long as you have an IV, you won’t be able to wear your own tops in the hospital.
  5. Sleeping can be impossible in the hospital, so take ear plugs, wear an eye mask, ask for sleeping meds, etc.
  6. Chapstick is a must.
  7. You’ll want your cellphone charger where you can easily reach it.
  8. Filling prescriptions before surgery can save a lot of pain and agony.
  9. Stock up on stool softeners and Gas-X before surgery.
  10. You might not be able to focus on reading, so don’t take a stack of books to the hospital.
  11. Regular clothing can be uncomfortable, so invest in some stretchy waist bands and granny panties.
  12. Keep some extra pads and period panties on hand in case you experience unexpected bleeding during your recovery.
  13. You may or may not need to do a bowel prep–ask if it isn’t mentioned to you specifically.
  14. It might take a bit to be able to urinate well after your hysterectomy.
  15. After your hysterectomy, your tummy could stay swollen for several weeks.
  16. Your emotions may fluctuate drastically, causing you to want to cry one minute and scream the next.
  17. You may feel sadness and grief regarding the loss of your uterus.
  18. Remember that no matter how good you feel walking during hysterectomy recovery, you have to turn around and walk all the way back home so stop before you are tired.
  19. You need to keep drinking lots of water and fluids during your hysterectomy recovery.
  20. Piles of pillows will be your friend–use them when sitting, sleeping, reclining, and riding in a car.
  21. Just because you feel good doesn’t mean you are completely healed, so follow your doctor’s orders until you are released.
  22. There are no awards for being a hero regarding pain medications so take them as needed.
  23. There are also no awards for returning to normal actives in record time.
  24. Dust bunnies can multiply, but it’s okay!
  25. You only have one chance to heal right the first time, so take your time and do it right!

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.

12-17-2014 - 03:34 PM


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