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Unread 10-26-2009, 04:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

If your hysterectomy was between Oct 26-Nov 01,2009 this is the place to post your progress during your hysterectomy recovery.

If you have a question about your recovery, please start a new thread to receive answers and support for your concerns instead of including the question in your update! There is information on how to start a new thread in this link: New Here? or you can use this link: Post a New Topic in the Post-Op forum.

Post how you are doing here when you are home and well enough to sit a few minutes at your computer.

We hope you are recovering well with plenty of rest and water and a bit of walking. Don't forget to pamper the princess!

How to use the Recovery Progress Reports thread:

  • 1. This thread is for the purpose of sharing updates on your recovery as you heal from your hysterectomy.

  • 2. Generally, ONE or TWO posts on this thread per member/per day is adequate to share your daily progress and to share encouragement with your surgery week Sisters.

  • 3. Remember to start a new thread on the Post-Op message board to ask your questions.

  • 4. The Progress Report threads will be moved at approximately 8 weeks post-op to the Date Club forum inside the HysterSisters clubhouse.

  • 5. Remember all the love and support you got here as a pre-op member? Now it's YOUR turn to give back to the women in the Pre-Op Hysterectomy Support forum. Extend your hand and your hugs in replies to our pre-op ladies in waiting. This will complete our circle of women helping women!

  • 6. You can also share support and experiences with post-op members in all phases of recovery in the Post-Op Hysterectomy Support forum by replying on the new threads they create.
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Unread 10-27-2009, 03:11 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

My LAVH was yesterday. I was very calm and everything went very smoothly and I am back home today. I am amazed at how good I feel and I can't help but think that being prepared mentally has made a tremendous difference ~ Thank you Hyster Sisters
Unread 10-27-2009, 08:25 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

I had TVH plus anterior and posterior repair yesterday. It's hard to sit and would pay good money to pass some gas lol
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Unread 10-28-2009, 12:00 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009


Had a LSH on 10/27/09. Everything went well, I'm with KepiII I was very calm and amazed how well I feel. My daughter calls me her hero. God has been good to me. You all have been so wonderful and encouraging. I thank God for each and everyone of you. I'll be in touch
Unread 10-28-2009, 04:29 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

I too had my hysterectomy yesterday, and I came home today at noon.
Amazing, this modern medicine. Along with a total hysterectomy, I had my gallbladder out, a cyst on my ovary removed, and a bladder sling was put in.Some pain around where the gallbladder was, but manageable with the pharmaceuticals. I was up walking to bathroom at hospital right after my surgery. All is well, and I'm glad to be back home I am so happy that I am home, and all this surgery is very manageable. Hoping the same for all.
Unread 10-28-2009, 08:43 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

i had a hysterectomy, laproscopically with removal of ovaries. Still in a lot of pain.
Unread 10-28-2009, 10:29 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

Had a LAVH yesterday. Kept ovaries. Got home about 5:30 this evening. Surgery went well, however, I was not happy with the hospital about a few things. Upon arrival, during check-in, I told the nurse I was very anxious and nervous and wanted a valium or something ASAP, to help calm me down. She said OK..... I asked again, about 3 more times as they were prepping me with my IV and while talking to the anesthesiologist. I was in pre-op about an hour and never got it!
The nurses in recovery were great, however, they wouldn't let hubby in to see me until I was on the elevator going up to my room. Said it was hospital policy.

My surgery lasted a little over 2 hours. Doc said it was routine, no problems, but she did see some endometrosis on the outside of my uterus that I wasn't aware of prior to surgery, nor was she. Said the uterus was a little larger than normal. I was given morphine in recovery, then some Toradol when I got to my room. I also had Loratab about every 6 hours. I rated my pain from 1-10, about a 6. The meds did their job...I wasn't in any pain after I took them.

The nurses were nice, but seemed to be understaffed! My throat was a little irratated and my mouth was extremely dry. At one point yesterday,after hubby had left for the evening, I asked for something to drink and it took them over 30 mins to bring it. My mouth was soooo dry that I couldn't talk on the phone with my daughter. This happened today as well. I didn't complain yesterday, but I did today. I also asked for a low carb meal for lunch today (because I've had gastric bypass surgery and too many carbs causes me to have "dumping syndrome") I was served chicken noodles, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli and a slice of bread. Not exactly low carb. I could only eat the broccoli.

They took my catheter out about 3 hours after I got settled in my room. Was told the sooner it comes out the better, to prevent UTI's. Didn't hurt a bit when they took it out. I walked to the restroom and down the hall a little after they took it out. Some pain, not much. I wished I had ordered the Swelly Belly Band, becuase I think it would really help support my stomach. I asked my doctor prior to surgery f she thought I would need it. She said no. She was wrong. My abdomen is not badly swollen, but I find myself holding my stomach when I walk, so I think some extra support will make a big difference. Should've listened to my Hystersisters on this one! I have one on order and in the mean time, I found some extra wide ACE bandages that are doing ok for now.

My bedroom is upstairs, which is where I'm camped out. Doc says it's ok to do the stairs once a day. Someone posted that going up backwards is easier, and they were right! You use your leg muscles more that way, instead of your abs. My bed is very comfortable, but it hurts like the dickens trying to get up or turn over.

Hubby was doing a pretty good job. WAS is the keyword! I asked him to bring me up something to eat with my Loratab because it makes me nauseated if I don't eat something with it. He brought up something for me. After he came up, I noticed I was almost out of my drink, so I asked him to bring me some ice water from downstairs. His response after a long sigh...."Why didn't you tell me you wanted it while I was down stairs?" He then offered to refill my glass with some tap water out of the bathroom sink. This did not sit very well with me to say the least!

Will post more later. Battery on my laptop is dying! No time to preview post. Hope spelling is correct!
Unread 10-29-2009, 09:57 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

I came home yesterday after having a complete hysterectomy...ovaries, tubes and uterus. The cysts were benign!! She did find a LOT of endo and scar tissue and even removed it from my bladder. After I got home yesterday I started to do too much and quickly found myself bleeding, dizzy, nauseous and hurting. SO today I am going to stay medicated and in bed as much as possible...walking around the house a little but no laundry yet. I wish everyone well!! I was thinking about the women on this website both Tuesday and Wed..
Unread 10-29-2009, 10:02 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009

Hello ladies, I just want you to know that the prayers doesn't stop here. I am praying that all of us even the ones that has gone before and will go after us have a healthy recovery. God is still with you and I am thanking him even now for your healthy recovery and you all getting back to your normal lives. In Jesus Name amen.

Side note: Do what the Dr. tell you to do nothing more. Allow your body to heal. Use wisdom. Although we may feel like a million bucks we still need healing.

Best wishes
Unread 10-29-2009, 12:25 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Oct 26-Nov 01,2009


I had a robotic assisted laprascopic hysterectomy on Tuesday morning. They removed only the uterus and cervix. I had a 6cm benign fibroid, endometriosis, and adenomyosis. It was a 4+ and 2 hrs in post-op. My surgeon specializes in pelvic reconstruction and she said that doing it is standard procedure at Mayo Clinic where I was. It adds time to the surgery to tie up all the ligaments, etc. properly, but she said it really avoids problems later with the bladder and other organs moving too freely. I was only in the hospital 33 hrs. from start to finish. I feel pretty good now... just like I did about 100 sit-ups too many. I had some nausea in the evening, but I knew I would. This is my 14th surgery, and I have a pukey system. I have also had four c-sections, and those were easy for me too... one was even a rupture. Maybe it is because I am a tough Minnesotan

I had the roommate from [email protected]#$ though. (I had requested a private room, but were told they were full, then at 2 am that no, they weren't full after all, and I could switch... Not worth it by that time (or so I thought.) She snored and moaned and coughed, set off her ox sat monitor all night, and pulled out her IV. She didn't want to take pain meds (afraid of addiction) then complained about her pain! Good grief! Does she not think that her doc might be concerned with addiction too?! Then she and her daughter talked at full tilt all morning while I was very obviously trying to sleep. Everything I have read says to keep on top of the pain so that you don't waste energy that could be going to healing.

I got home about 3pm yesterday. Could have been sooner, but my husband had a conference call at 1.
At least my surgeon and nurses were all really nice. I feel good, just tired from no sleep longer than 45 min. at a stretch Tuesday night, and they had me up and walking six times yesterday plus a shower. I kept waking up last night too... not sure why. Not from pain really... just insomnia. I figured since I was awake, I would keep my bladder empty, so I did that every time I woke up. A heating pad on low on my incision area felt nice and cozy in bed. I slept with a small rectangular pillow near my tummy as well. I have been keeping that handy during the day today because I have a "mommy's boy" puppy who thinks he owns my lap. It provides a nice buffer and some protection against his little paws.

I have five incisions each about as wide as a dime in a row straight across my abdomen. My surgeon is saying no lifting or sex for 8 weeks for a total recovery, but I will be motoring along in the rest of life pretty well in a few days or so. I am already only needing some extra strength Tylenol for the pain and some Oxycodone for overnight (just in case). this afternoon (50 hrs. post op) I'd rate my pain at about a 2 or 3. I am up, just made tea and lightly swept the kitchen floor.

My surgeon said it was really great to actually have three "hands" to do surgery! I told her she was lucky to have such a fun job and she agreed!

All-in-all, I am thrilled with my surgeon, my healing, and the daVinci method. It was the right decision for me.

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