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Unread 01-11-2002, 02:01 PM
surgery on obese people

well let me ask one more question today while my mind is racing.....I am doctor told me it would take longer to heal but that she has no problems doing a TAH on people who are overweight.

Has anyone out there had this surgery as an overweight person? I was wondering how your recovery went and if it was any longer than a normal person with a flat tummy...LOL

Thanks again,
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Unread 01-11-2002, 04:14 PM
surgery on obese people

Deby - I am a woman of size (that's a phrase I picked up here on the site and I like saying it better than overweight!) and had the same questions and concerns as you. In fact, I think if you do a search you'll find lots of posts from us plus size ladies.

My experience was smooth as silk. I can only speak for myself, and can't remember the last time I had a flat tummy (tee-hee!) but my recovery was so uneventful, and here I am six weeks later released to full life again.

Everybody is so different, and everybody's recovery experience is different. But, I'm sitting here trying to think of a reason why size would matter in recovery and really can't come up with one. Everyone has to rest, rest and rest some more, slowly start walking and increasing activity (emphasize slowly), drink lots of fluids and eat healthy to allow their body to heal. Size doesn't change any of that.

Best wishes on your surgery!

Unread 01-11-2002, 09:19 PM
Hey I am also a woman of size!!

I too like the phrase woman of size. My DR puts obese on all my papers in my file and I hate that. I asked him why one day and he said that is what we use to describe overweight people. I had to laugh because in the last year I have been refusing to weigh at my visits. Yes you can do that. I tell him that I know what is happening with my body and if I lose a lot of weight he will be the first to know. He was joking and telling me what was he suppose to tell the medicial people who checked his files everynow and then. I said to tell them I didn't want to be weighed. We have a discussion but I always get my way. But back to my post. My gyn who did my surgery, didn't mention my weight she just told me that it was a little harder when there was so much fat to cut through. I healed so fast she was amazed. In 4 days my staples were already almost healed into my skin. So just like PTO Queen I didn't have any problems I followed the rules , , and God Bless Just know we are here you on.
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Unread 01-11-2002, 10:25 PM
surgery on obese people

I am also a "woman of size" and had a hysterectomy 19 months ago. I had a horizontal incision, which I believe was easier for the doctor and was definitely easier on me as far as recovery went. I also have allergic asthma and did not have any trouble there either. My incision did get infected, but the doctor said that it was not my fault. He said that some people get infections and some don't. I was one of the unfortunate ones. My incision took a little longer to heal, but once healed I had no more problems. The shock to me was that the pathologist initially said I had ovarian cancer. I did have uterine cancer, but it was confined to my uterus and therefore "cured" according to the gyn-oncologist. I was referred to him for the ovarian cancer diagnosis. After he had my slides re-evaluated at the cancer center and then obtained a third opinion outside of my state, it was determined that I had a "borderline" type ovarian cancer. I have been seeing my doctor (gyn-surgeon) every three months since the surgery and have had no problems.
I think the doctors are concerned about the weight, but my doctor never mentioned the topic prior to my surgery. I was the one who brought up the topic. I asked him not to put me on a special low-cal diet in the hospital post-op (because I had that experience with a prior surgeon). He said, "Don't worry. I won't. You will probably lose weight anyway." I thought he was so kind to say that, but I did lose weight. I lost about 25 lbs., but gained some back after I returned to work and the morning donut or bagel. LOL.
I am now back to my post-surgery weight and trying to watch my weight for the new year. It's a struggle, but I found some things that I like which are healthy. There are salads pre-packaged at the supermarket and I like the one for Caesar Salad. It has the greens, croutons, parmesan cheese and dressing all in the bag. It is usually $3.19 a bag, but it has been on sale for 2/$5.00 AND you can usually get two salads out of one bag. I know the cheese, croutons and caesar dressing are not the best thing for me, but it is better than fries and a burger. I also like broccoli and eat it frequently. I always have fruit on hand as the between meal snack.
The best thing you can do post-op is follow your doctor's orders and, when allowed, GET OUT OF BED AND WALK. The first time you are usually helped by a nurse and shown how to ease yourself out of the bed. If they don't offer to help, ask for help. My nurse came in on the evening shift the day of my surgery. She took me for my first walk and after that I was doing well on my own. The more "laps" around the nursing floor you make, the better you will feel. AND, when discharged, take it easy and follow your doctor's post-op instructions.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You can do it!
Unread 01-11-2002, 10:30 PM
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I too am a "woman of size" well a woman of great size.... or is that a great woman... or a woman of greatness!! I forget...

Anyway... I was surprised that there were no complications due to my weight. I followed the doc's orders and took good care of myself.... ate well.... drank lots of water.... the stuff I am supposed to do every day anyway, I really did it.

I am 14 weeks post and feeling great.

Email me with any questions you may have.

Good Luck, hon..

Unread 01-12-2002, 05:45 AM
Me too ;)

I prefer "Woman of Substance" myself :tongue2:

I've had an operation similar to a Hysterectomy before, about 9 years ago; dinner plate sized cyst and a grapefruit sized cyst removed through a vertical incision from stem (belly button) to stern (ehem)

I had no problems recovering from that so I am optimistic I can recreate the experience

I'm SO excited!!!!! :cheer:

Cyster Ter :dragon:
Unread 01-12-2002, 05:47 AM
surgery on obese people

Traci - loved your introduction...Thanks for a early Saturday morning chuckle!

Deby, I hope our posts have helped...and again, best wishes for success and a smooth recovery!

Unread 01-12-2002, 06:11 AM
Me too!

Deby, I too am a 'woman of size' and my recovery time has been quick and excellent. I'm feeling great and already having a 'buddha belly' has saved me money. I didn't need to buy larger clothes/undies-the regular ones fit. Also, I just took more care drying my incision-blowdryer at first, then carefully with a towel after stitch came out and incision was less tender. Don't worry about recovery-this may give you incentive to lose weight now! I feel soo much better after having my hyst-should've done it ages ago-guess I didn't realize how bad I was feeling.

Good luck, take care
Unread 01-12-2002, 06:34 AM

I like the term "Voluptuous" for myself! I also like the Woman of Size, Greatness and Grace!

I didn't have any problems with my incision. Of course I've never seen my incision but my DH checked it frequently for me. I laid on the bed and dried it with at hairdryer. My staples came out on Day 4. No problems. I tried to keep it dry too. My tummy is numb in places but it is going away too. I had the bikini incision.

Good luck and God bless you!
Unread 01-12-2002, 06:55 AM
Voluptuous! Of Size! Greatness!! I like them all

Ok i also have (Curves) woohoo! Well heck a road w/out curves is just boring. hehe!!

I am about 40lbs over my ideal wieght. My GYN/Surgen said that added wieght can be an issue with healing. Also said that is depends how and where you carry your weight. Mine is in my hips, bum, and thighs. My waste area does not carry added wieght. He explained different body types etc.. It seems the more wieght you carry threw the mid section of your body the more at risk.
Queen (rock group) said it well. Fat Bottom Girls make the rocken world go round!!!!! LOL

No matter your body type. Be good to yourself and take care. We are all princesses. Be a good princess, let yourself heal and don't rush things a long. The world won't stop if you take the time to heal

Size 16W <--baby got back!!! LOL

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