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Unread 09-27-2021, 05:00 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

If your hysterectomy was between Sep 27-Oct 03,2021 this is the place to post your progress during your hysterectomy recovery.

If you have a question about your hysterectomy 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 now begin in our special forum for all Hysterectomy Recovery Reports and will remain there for you to always find your discussion.
  • 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 09-27-2021, 02:27 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

Welcome, This is your Recovery Thread, where you’ll be able to share your progress and meet other sisters who are recovering along with you. This is a safe environment where you should feel comfortable to ask questions, voice your concerns or even vent your frustrations. Truly a place without judgement, only loving support by others sisters and knowing that you are not alone.

I have the privilege to walk alongside you in your healing journey as your caring sister. I will offer guidance, share my own experiences and tips, point you to others resources, and remind you that with time you will feel better. I am not a medical provider, so if at anytime you are overly concerned as you know your body best, please check in with your doctor. Healing should be your main focus! This was major surgery and healing takes place both inside & outside. Don’t be surprised if you experience things both emotionally and physically in the weeks to come. This process is different for everyone, learned to be patient and listen to your own body is key to helping to heal.

So here is some sisterly advice:
• Follow your doctor’s orders/restrictions
• Time to lean on others for help, the priority is YOU
• Get plenty of rest (your sleep maybe intermittent so nap when you are tired)
• Drink lots of water, seriously lots! (you want to pee out the anesthesia drugs)
• Take your meds as directed (don’t be a warrior in pain)
• No lifting, pushing, pulling, or bending (ask for help)
• Walk a little each day as you are able (trips to bathroom might be your start)

I changed my life on 11/8/2018 when I had my own hysterectomy. After trying everything and many years of issues with Endometriosis, failed Ablation which left my uterus full of pockets of scar tissue and a diagnosis of Adenomyosis, I finally ended the cycle of my pain and heavy bleeding and opened a new chapter in my life, one with better quality. Personally, my own HysterSister recovery thread was a lifesaver! Knowing I was part of a group of sisters that knew exactly what I was going thru and offered suggestions/support was a true blessing in my healing journey. This is why I wanted to pay it forward, by volunteering to be here to help other ladies. I am looking forward to hearing from all, when you are ready to post. Feel free to post a message anytime, we maybe from different time zones here. For example: I am in New Hampshire, USA and on Eastern Standard Time, and I will typically respond to posts in the evenings after my work day.

Use the when you first post and introduce yourself to the group, tell us alittle about who you are and how you are doing. Oh also, I am amazed how far and wide this website reaches so let us know what state or country you are from too.

Take Care
Unread 10-02-2021, 03:10 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

Hello. Abdominal hysterectomy on 9.28.21. Uterus, Fallopian tubes, fibroids, and cervix removed. Ovaries stayed. I spent two nights in the hospital and came home 9.30.
My biggest thing is the gas and not sleeping much. I take my meds around the clock so I’m waking up almost every three hours. I do drink a lot of water. The gas is a lot. I’m slowly trying to get to solid bowel movements but there’s still a good amount of gas. I have gas-x (prescription) & I have some ginger tea. No pain from incision, just sore and the pressure from the gas. Not eating much cause no appetite. They have me weaning off my meds so hopefully that helps. I lay on the couch cause the bed was hard on my back. That’s pretty much it. Hopefully next week is an improvement.
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Unread 10-02-2021, 07:28 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

Hi! I also had my hysterectomy on 9/28! Mine was laparoscopic but I also got removed everything but the ovaries. I had 10+ fibroids and adenomiosis. I also had excision of endometriosis. I came home the same night but with a catheter, so I was uncomfortable until yesterday when I had to go to get it removed. My back pain (I have other comorbidities) has been worse than any other pain (even with the meds). But overall, I’m surprised I can walk and I’m not suffering as much as I thought I would.
Unread 10-03-2021, 06:44 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

i also had my procedure on Sept 28. I had an abdominal removal of uterus, cervix, both tubes, and one ovary. With the uterus also went several large fibroids. I spent two nights in the hospital and narrowly avoided a third night after gas started moving in the early evening. Considering my long vertical incision, I’m surprised at how well i can walk, but it’s a good thing. Pain has been moderate after the first couple of days - my back was the worst on day 1, and my incision is starting to itch. I’m not looking forward to the staple removal I have coming this week Thursday. Glad to hear others are doing well enough too!
Unread 10-03-2021, 07:51 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

Welcome Ladies, so glad you are checking in to let us know how you are doing.

It is common the first week to deal with issues around trapped gas, waiting for the 1st bowel movement, trying to find a comfortable position to be in and aches and pains. So, I too had some back pain first couple of weeks and at my first post op appt I asked my doctor about it she explained how I was place on a tip table during surgery with legs in stirrups for about 4 hours so I understood why my back was sore!

Sleep is so disturbed in the beginning of recovery, I suggest sleep when tired, naps are okay thru the day, your body needs it. It will get better. I hope the gas starts to move for you soon. Try to eat little bites of protein and other health food as need to help you heal.

Deardelirious: Glad you go the catheter out, they are certainly not fun to have in long term. Try to sip water thru out the day to help flush the bladder.

Draekin: Itching can equal healing, but certainly keep an eye out for signs of infection.

As we wait for more ladies to join us here. I wanted to share some additional helpful hints for the 1st week in recovery.

You will find that no topic is unsafe to not bring up in this RT as if you are struggling with it you know there are others that are going thru it too! So with that said I will dig in! Ah the dreaded wait for the 1st Bowel Movement!
How Long After Hysterectomy Before a Bowel Movement?
10 foods to Get Your Bowels Moving After Hysterectomy

Try to relax it will come. Stay the course of stool softeners, lots of fluids, eating healthy with fiber and getting up and moving around as you can. I also used a stool to prop my feet up in a squatting position it helps align your system so voiding is easier. In fact, it helped so much that my husband got me a squatty potty and I still used it to this day!! For gas, I found Gas-X was a life saver! Everyone is different and whatever you do don’t force it or go over kill and take laxatives. Diarrhea will dehydrate you and definitely is not at all what you are aiming for.

Shoulder/rib pain and feeling like a truck ran over you is most likely the anesthesia working its way out of your system. I suffered from “splinted breathing” which is sometimes common in abdominal surgeries. I could not take deep breaths without pain. Ice and heat packs helped.

Fatigue is a normal, your body is taking all its energy and focus on healing you, it really wipes you out. Important to Nap/rest when you are tired, no matter what time it is. Don’t fight it Your body needs it. Don’t be surprised if you have interment sleep for a while. The bodies hormonal system is in shock and takes a while to get back in balance. Weird sleep patterns are one of the many things that happens during this time. The best thing you can do is try to listening to what your body needs.

Also, helps to write down when you take meds, so you can track when next dose is due. I know I had a table with all my “stuff” lined up and a log of when I took it. it really helped as I was in a bit of a fog for the first week.

Sending you all healing hugs
Unread 10-03-2021, 08:47 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

I had a da Vinci robotic lap total hysterectomy 9/28. The surgery was for fibroids. The surgeon removed one ovary due to endometriosis on it. I didn't know I had endometriosis before the surgery. She also found a little endometriosis connecting the colon to the vagina but did not feel comfortable removing it due to the bowel location. The worst pain was the night after surgery but each day has been getting better. I have had a lot of gas pain and constipation even though I didn't take narcotics since recovery room. Using a heating pad/warm shower and getting on my knees/side seemed to help some with gas pain. I was concerned about nausea & worse constipation so just stuck with Tylenol and Ibuprofen. I did read that ibuprofen can cause constipation - didn't know that before. Also having some muscle/back pain which I had before surgery but flared up with surgery. Finally getting my bowels to move and feeling much better. I stayed one night in the hospital and couldn't sleep at all in the hospital after surgery. After coming home, I was sleeping only about 4-5 hours a day till last night when slept more like 7 or 8 hours - that was great. I drank some protein shakes when I couldn't eat much after surgery. Overall, I think getting rest and taking care of myself is helping me feel better. Also sitting outside in the sun makes me feel better!
Unread 10-03-2021, 09:36 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

I forgot to ask if anyone else has had issues with itching and a rash. I showed it to my surgeon when she removed my catheter. I’ve been taking Benadryl at night but my skin (especially arms and legs) are covered in bumps (some red). Thank you all for sharing your experience! It feels great to know that someone else is going through the same.
Unread 10-03-2021, 11:19 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

I have mild itching occasionally at incision sites but no rash. Did they have you wash with antibacterial cleanse before surgery? Maybe your rash is a reaction to that or a medication you were given? I hope it gets better for you!
Unread 10-03-2021, 06:13 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Sep 27-Oct 03,2021

I had a total abdominal on 9/29 due to enlarged uterus from fibroids. The plan was to just remove the uterus but once everything was visible it was determined that the ovaries needed to go as well. One was significantly enlarged with a fluid sac and the other was completely shriveled. Altogether the weight removed was 1.5lbs and I got to see pictures of what was removed. I did keep my cervix. I have 32 staples on my vertical incision, and I am anxious about how nasty the scar will be.

I ended up spending three nights in the hospital by my choice but I am absolutely amazed at how good I feel. By the time I left I was able to get out of bed easily and walk around the entire floor. Since coming home I am using about half of my prescribed medicine. I was experiencing some itching and I think it was due to the pain meds. I have found the pain gets worse if I am on my feet for too long such as when I showered and washed my hair today. Even though my pain is less than expected I am committed to staying on the sofa as much as possible and giving everything a rest.

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