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Hysterectomy Advice from a Post-Op HysterSister | Part 1

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Friends talking about hysterectomy recovery tipsWhat advice do you have for me as I prepare for my surgery?


Do everything you can to avoid catching a cold or flu right before surgery! Wash your hands a LOT, and try to avoid crowds as much as possible. Your doctor may delay an operation if you get sick, and you also don't want to catch a cold just before the operation and have to deal with it afterwards. I "hermited" myself a few days before the operation, avoiding shopping malls and other places where germs spread easily. And of course, if someone around you has a cold or flu, avoid him or her like the plague!

Also, depending on the reason you are having the operation, you may want to ask the doctor whether you should donate some of your own blood ahead of time. It is usually not needed for a hysterectomy, but I lost nearly two pints during the operation, and if my blood count had not been as good as it was, or if I had lost much more, I would have needed a transfusion. Fortunately, it had also been two weeks since my last period so I had had time to restore some of that blood loss also.

If you have trouble sleeping with a light on, buy an eye mask before you go in for surgery. I had to keep the hospital door open to keep the room from getting too stuffy, which also let light in. The eye mask was a godsend! Eye masks can be purchased at travel stores, or through mail order catalogues. They may also be available at cosmetic departments in some stores. Earplugs are a good idea too, just in case! Get them at the HysterSisters Store.

Continue to Part 2.



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.

04-10-2003 - 10:06 AM


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