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Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020 Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

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  #11  
Unread 10-25-2020, 11:03 AM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020


I am anxious too!!! I'm 47 and have one child. My exploratory laparoscopy and partial hysterectomy is scheduled for Tuesday, 10/27. The worst thing for me right not is fear. Over the past five years, I have had horrible cramping usually during period which has sent me to the ER twice. Five years ago, I was having lower right hand side cramping during period. It was thought to be appendix. ER said inflamed colon. Had upper endo and colonoscopy and it was perfect. GI sent me to GYN. Exploratory laparscopy showed scar tissue from bowel to uterus (had a c-section fin 2010). Had a miscarried in 2018 and had a D&C too. We tried IUD to alleviate the pain. We couldn't have it inserted. Next step was partial hysterectomy. I kept putting it off. This year in August, I ended up back in ER for lower right hand abdominal pain again. ER again said inflamed colon. Went through another colonoscopy and biopsy to show fine! Back to GYN! Since I need an exploratory laparoscopy, I decided to have partial hysterectomy done now.
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  #12  
Unread 10-25-2020, 11:19 AM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

I'm surprised, but grateful that my husband is allowed to be with me at the hospital. He had to isolate at home with me from the point that I got my pre-op covid test on, but that was just on Friday, so no big deal. I was really expecting to be there on my own. Mostly, I'm glad he can be there to help me with post-op instructions because I'm not sure how well I'll remember them.

I'm glad to hear that bringing big ole' post-op undies is helpful. I wasn't sure if that was worth it or if they would give me some big diapery thing anyway. My mom and my friend, who both spend too much time in hospitals, said that an eye mask is key. Nurses sometimes come into your room at night and turn on the light to check/change things.

I'm packing:
  • basic toiletries
  • a pair of slippers (requested by the hospital)
  • lip balm (requested by the hospital)
  • my own pillow (the nurse recommended this)
  • a cotton dress to go home in
  • a light robe
  • paperwork
  • meds
  • phone/charger/headphones
  • eye mask

Does any of this seem too over the top? Anything I'm missing?
  #13  
Unread 10-25-2020, 12:36 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020



Welcome Ladies to your Pre Op Open House! We are so glad youíve joined us. This is your place to introduce yourself, ask your questions, and just share whatever is on your mind as you approach your surgery date.

Don't forget to check in with us after your surgery! You will have a dedicated Recovery Thread to chat with ladies who had surgery during the same week. This is where you can ask questions and get support as you heal.

As our surgery approaches, the nerves can get out of hand! This is completely normal, but knowing that doesn't make it any easier. The waiting truly is the hardest part, so your best course of action is to keep busy. Scrub your house, cook & freeze meals, and prepare your recovery area. Stock up on books, magazines, puzzles, movies and hobbies to keep you quietly busy while you recover. Get out of the house and have fun with family and friends... go for a picnic, to the movies, or perhaps have a spa day. Finally it's important to take quiet time just for you as well. Meditate, yoga, quiet walks or a long bubble bath will soothe your nerves and help give you peace.

Here are some articles to help you prepare:
Make sure you drink lots of water in the days leading up to your surgery. It's very important to be well hydrated, this will make it easier for staff to start your IV and will put you on the best foot for your recovery.

Deep breaths, Ladies, you can do this! And we are here for you every step of the way.


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  #14  
Unread 10-25-2020, 12:38 PM
Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

I hear you on workouts! Iím a group fitness instructors and have not been able to teach since mid-august. I get depressed when not working out or teaching. Looking for other options of exercise to keep from getting depressed!

Hugs to you!

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Originally Posted by hopefulgeek View Post
Hi Alibongo and all.

I am also nervous but trying to keep grounded and remember that tomorrow all I have to do is relax. Nothing to present, nothing to study, nothing to perform well on. I just need to lay there.

I'm 39 and the doctors were following some pre-cancerous cells just as the pandemic started. They decided to wait 6 months and check again to see if they cleared. At my last check they advanced and was diagnosed with Stage 1a endometrial cancer. I'm lucky that they found it so very early.

I don't have children and don't actually want them, but there's a difference between making a choice and having the choice taken from me. Right now, I'm ok. I don't know how I'll feel post-op.

I just finished my last workout until I'm cleared to go again in several weeks. I'm used to regular exercise and I'm feeling pretty emotional about it. My strength, my body, the way that exercise always makes me feel better. Having that taken away for months is scary. It's the thing that is throwing me the most right now, oddly. Maybe because it is more tangible than losing an organ.

What are you all packing?
  #15  
Unread 10-25-2020, 12:43 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

Hello!! I am 38 years old. I will be having a TLAH on Thursday. I will also be having a bladder hammock and urethra sling.

I had my tubes tied at 23 yr. I was don't having Children i have 2 boys one is 19 in the USMC and I have 14 yr high schooler! After my 6 week check up I was I had cysts but they would clear up.. then 2 years ago I had a DNC and Myo to remove fibs and to see if it would help with my long, painful periods. At first all was well. No issues, but about 1 year afterwards sex started being pain full, and my periods got worse. I went back for my yearly check up to find out the fibroids had returned some in my uterus and some on the outside walls of my uterus and my left ovary is producing cysts. I have a leaky bladder caused by stress incontinence After talking to the Dr. We have agreed the best solution it to have a hysterectomy, bladder sling and urethra stent.I will I could say I'm happy about this, but that would be a lie. I'm scared to death. I worry about the recovery period and having complications. But I guess at this point all I can do is give it to God. Prayers for all.my fellow sisters.

Oh which post op panty is best?
How about belly binders do they work?
  #16  
Unread 10-25-2020, 12:45 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020



There's been some discussion regarding what to pack for the hospital. Sometimes the hospital or the surgeon will give you some instructions on this point. Different hospitals provide different things; some provide sanitary napkins and mesh panties and some do not, etc. So if you're unsure, call your surgeon's office & ask. I was expecting to stay in hospital one night but ended up staying for two nights. A lot of what I packed went unused, so after that I packed as little as possible for all my surgeries. The things I needed:
  • Lip balm
  • Phone & charger
  • Fluffy socks / slippers
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Box of crackers (it can be difficult to find food if you get hungry in between meals)
Personally, I leave my nighties and bathrobe at home & wear the gowns the hospital provides. Often, there are spots of blood or the wash from the OR can end up on your garments, and they can be difficult to wash out. Here is a list to help you pack for the hospital:

10 Essentials to Pack for Hospital

Hope this helps!


  #17  
Unread 10-25-2020, 12:58 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

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Originally Posted by Owljustbeme76 View Post
Good morning, having coffee and listening to the rain trying to relax as much as my nervous mind will let me. Iíve clean my house prepared my room and now my mind is only thinking about what will happen tomorrow Iím 44, had one ovary removed 10 years ago due to a grapefruit size cyst that destroyed my left ovary. I have POCS or insulin resistance and was very over weight for my height, 3 years ago my gyno tried metformin but was to harsh on my system and then she wanted me to do injections (needles my mind said nooooooooo ) and I said to doc let me try one last time to lose weight on my own. So I did low carb, and food diary and walked and then worked my way to going to gym and finally weightlifting. I lost 80 pounds and finally felt I got healthy! My gyno retired was nervous about having a new doctor . I met with her replacement who had my doctors same nursing staff so that made me feel better. I had a biopsy during my normal pap and scheduled and ultrasound to check on my last ovary. My biopsy came back fine. But my ultrasound showed another cyst the size of my ovary that was complex and fibroids on my uterus wall. she said she could burn the fibroids out and they do that to the whole uterus but might have to do it again. I said Iím done being poked at all the time and ready for hysterectomy and she agreed it was the best option. Iím looking forward to not having periods that last 10-12 days and pain and nausea. But I will be having my last ovary out the uterus and cervix out . I will be having the robotic surgery. I pray that surgery goes well and I donít have any problems . I worry about the surgical menopause, they will put me in the hormone patch. I want to continue to get healthier after I heal, I worry about gain all that weight again . For the first time in my adult life Iím not obese anymore. Sorry for the long post ladies , I wish you all well and safe surgery day and a speedy recovery.
Hi Owljustbeme76,

First, on your weight loss! That is an amazing achievement! I totally understand your concerns regarding going into Surgical Menopause and how that may affect your metabolism. I suggest doing some research on this subject, you may find that some simple changes in your diet and/or meal portion distribution can help you keep your weight on track. Not everyone gains weight during menopause, I think being mindful at the beginning will be helpful. My personal experience is that it's easier to avoid gaining weight than it is to lose it once it's on you!

6 Tips to Help You Prepare for Surgical Menopause
10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About HRT

I am sending hugs for a safe surgery & uneventful recovery!


  #18  
Unread 10-25-2020, 01:18 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

  Quote:
Originally Posted by hopefulgeek View Post
Hi Alibongo and all.

I am also nervous but trying to keep grounded and remember that tomorrow all I have to do is relax. Nothing to present, nothing to study, nothing to perform well on. I just need to lay there.

I'm 39 and the doctors were following some pre-cancerous cells just as the pandemic started. They decided to wait 6 months and check again to see if they cleared. At my last check they advanced and was diagnosed with Stage 1a endometrial cancer. I'm lucky that they found it so very early.

I don't have children and don't actually want them, but there's a difference between making a choice and having the choice taken from me. Right now, I'm ok. I don't know how I'll feel post-op.

I just finished my last workout until I'm cleared to go again in several weeks. I'm used to regular exercise and I'm feeling pretty emotional about it. My strength, my body, the way that exercise always makes me feel better. Having that taken away for months is scary. It's the thing that is throwing me the most right now, oddly. Maybe because it is more tangible than losing an organ.

What are you all packing?
At my Pre-op appointment, the nurse discussed the loss of fertility issue, even though we weren't planning on having any children. She indicated that even for those who weren't planning on children, the circumstance could still result in feelings of loss and not to be surprised if this happened. As you said, this likely could stem from the choice being taken away from or made for you, in a sense, as well as the finality of the situation. This never became an issue for me, but please know there will be avenues to pursue if it does.

As for the exercise, you'll definitely want to follow doctor's orders and not over-do it, even if you might feel up to it. Remember, you only get one chance to heal properly. That being said, you absolutely won't just be sitting around (heck, they'll have you up and moving soon after surgery) and should be able to incorporate some light activities as you recuperate. Again, listen to your docs and your body on this. Sending hugs and loads of positive thoughts to you and everyone having procedures this week. You've got this!
  #19  
Unread 10-25-2020, 01:52 PM
Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

Hi there!

Iím Molly. Iím 46, and scheduled for my total hysterectomy on Friday, 10/30. I have a big fibroid that caused almost constant spotting and bleeding. Iíve had lots of cervical issues (LEEP, cryo, colposcopy, etc) so it has to go, too. My surgery will be a same day surgery, I go in at 7:15, and if all goes well, Iíll be able to go home around 4:00. Sheís doing a laparoscopic procedure, and taking my uterus out through my vagina.

Iím both excited and nervous. Iím getting my house ready. The anesthesiologist said I had to stop taking my psoriatic arthritis meds, so Iím a little worried about pain in the coming days. I do my Covid test tomorrow and then have to self isolate until my surgery. My husband works at home, and Iím a homemaker, so itís not a big deal. I do watch my 7 month old grandson during the day, though, so Iíll need help with that after the surgery.

Covid got me scared about my weight, so I started WW in June and lost 30+ pounds. Iíve been walking 5-6 days a week, so I hope I can get back to that before too long.

Iím so glad I found this site, itís been so helpful! And itís great to have conversations with others who are going through the same thing

XOXO,
Molls
  #20  
Unread 10-25-2020, 02:09 PM
Re: Pre-Op Hysterectomy: Open House Chat Thread - Today Oct 25, 2020

Hey! My hysterectomy is scheduled for Thursday, pre-op tomorrow. I am most nervous about the fact that I don't know the dr. It was a year wait to get into my dr, so I am travelling a half hour to another city as I was diagnosed with adenomyosis on August and scheduled for surgery just under 3 months later!

My GP and first gyno said adenomyosis. My second gyno doesn't think it's adenomyosis but thinks it's my ablation trying to "heal" itself. Doesn't really matter exactly what it is seeing as either way it causes great pain and hysterectomy is the cure for both.

The reason for my big rush for surgery is. I was diagnosed with adenomyosis 3 days into an entrepreneurial course. I'm just in the process of starting my own plumbing company. I can't afford to cancel on clients at no notice when I'm in too much pain to move. And, it's easier to (not financially, lol) put off officially opening my company for several months at the beginning rather than when I'm totally up and going with a full client list.

My procedure will be full hysterectomy. Laparoscopic with vaginal removal.
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