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  #91  
Unread 09-19-2021, 05:30 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

I had a laparoscopic total hysterectomy for endometrial cancer on August 30. It was caught early and I am expected to to do well with minimal follow up.
The first few days were the worst-I did not pass gas for almost 48 hours and not BM for 4 days. One thing I would say-start the stool softeners before you have a problem! I waited-big mistake!
Other than that, I think I have been lucky-no severe pain other than gas pains. But the fatigue has been debilitating. I’m sleeping 9-10 hours a night plus naps.
Tomorrow will be my 3 week “anniversary” and I am returning to work. My boss is super supportive and has told me I can take it at my own pace-come in late, leave early, what ever I need. I’m really looking forward to it as the boredom has started to get to me.
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  #92  
Unread 09-19-2021, 07:08 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

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Originally Posted by SLytch View Post
Hello HysterSisters!!

I am brand new to the HysterSisters forum, just found it and registered yesterday. I am now 18 days post-surgery, and I think I am doing pretty well. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with a vertical incision; tubes, ovaries, and cervix also removed due to my enlarged uterus because of several large fibroids. I spent 2 nights in the hospital. I am sooooo happy I am no longer bleeding and will never have a period again! I was having awful issues with my periods and bleeding which led me to have the hysterectomy. I am no longer on any pain meds and am easing into social activities, walking for exercise, and driving. Other than my incision being sore and itchy (I had staples instead of stitches) and oozing in a couple of spots just a little, the only pain I have is when I pee and poo. I'm hoping this is normal, but I will be sure to address it on my next follow up appointment, which hasn't been scheduled yet. I've had 2 follow ups already, one to remove staples and one to check incision after staple removal. I now have steri-strips on my incision. I'd love to hear from others with similar circumstances!!
Hi SLytch!

I also had a TAH with the removal of my ovaries. I'm doing extremely well and have experienced no menopausal symptoms as of yet. In the first week, that's the only time my bowel movements were painful... I attribute that to my body adjusting after such a major surgery.

I'm ecstatic about no longer bleeding and dealing with passing clots. I feel like I have my life back!

In recovery, I'm now going for short daily walks and starting each day with celery juice--- to rid my body of toxins.

Did they also put you on blood thinners, along with your pain meds?


  #93  
Unread 09-19-2021, 07:09 AM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

Today is day 20th. I find myself feeling better as long as I don't over do it. I'm still getting when I go to wipe a brown stain. Drinking lots of water daily. BM are no trouble. I am sticking to the stool softener. No pain, definitely gassy. I've found very useful the heating pad. I'm still napping in the morning. I get dizzy and fatigue hits me. I seem to get 8 hrs of sleep at night. I've started walking outside very short distances. I didn't realize it but the other day I over did it by walking and took me 2 days to get rid of swelly belly and belly soreness. My incision look good. I have 2 on the left and 1 on the right and of course the belly button. Boredom I have my days. As of right now based on my Dr appt I won't be getting back to work till closer to my 8 week post-surgery. My job requires of me standing all the time as I am a Hairdresser. I will probably try to also ease back by doing part-time. I definitely have learned lots from all of you hystersister.
  #94  
Unread 09-19-2021, 10:42 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

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Originally Posted by SLytch View Post
Hello HysterSisters!!

I am brand new to the HysterSisters forum, just found it and registered yesterday. I am now 18 days post-surgery, and I think I am doing pretty well. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with a vertical incision; tubes, ovaries, and cervix also removed due to my enlarged uterus because of several large fibroids. I spent 2 nights in the hospital. I am sooooo happy I am no longer bleeding and will never have a period again! I was having awful issues with my periods and bleeding which led me to have the hysterectomy. I am no longer on any pain meds and am easing into social activities, walking for exercise, and driving. Other than my incision being sore and itchy (I had staples instead of stitches) and oozing in a couple of spots just a little, the only pain I have is when I pee and poo. I'm hoping this is normal, but I will be sure to address it on my next follow up appointment, which hasn't been scheduled yet. I've had 2 follow ups already, one to remove staples and one to check incision after staple removal. I now have steri-strips on my incision. I'd love to hear from others with similar circumstances!!
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Welcome to your group SL,
Scroll back through this thread and you’ll find urinary and digestive discomfort is quite common, and not surprising considering all you just had major pelvic surgery.
Glad to hear your recovery is unfolding smoothly.
  #95  
Unread 09-20-2021, 12:19 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

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Originally Posted by emmalina1 View Post
I had a laparoscopic total hysterectomy for endometrial cancer on August 30. It was caught early and I am expected to to do well with minimal follow up.
The first few days were the worst-I did not pass gas for almost 48 hours and not BM for 4 days. One thing I would say-start the stool softeners before you have a problem! I waited-big mistake!
Other than that, I think I have been lucky-no severe pain other than gas pains. But the fatigue has been debilitating. I’m sleeping 9-10 hours a night plus naps.
Tomorrow will be my 3 week “anniversary” and I am returning to work. My boss is super supportive and has told me I can take it at my own pace-come in late, leave early, what ever I need. I’m really looking forward to it as the boredom has started to get to me.
Best of luck of your recovery and follow up! It sounds like you are having a similar recovery to most of the rest of us, so I guess that's good.
  #96  
Unread 09-20-2021, 01:45 AM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

Surgery: TAH + BS (preservation of ovaries); exploratory laparotomy
Location: Oxford, UK
Age: 41

Hi! I just found this forum and it looks really useful and lovely. I'm an American living in the UK (so I'm familiar with both countries' health care systems) and my surgery was done here on the NHS. Despite the pressure the NHS is currently under, my experience has been wonderful.

Surgery:
I was diagnosed with a uterine mass on July 31 and had my surgery on August 31. I had a total abdominal hysterectomy with salpingectomy, preserving the ovaries. They also removed one lymph node. The uterine mass ended up being around 8 kg (17 pounds)! My surgery was about 5 hours long but it went smoothly and I didn't need a blood transfusion (which is great, because that means I can still donate). I have an extended midline incision reaching from the top of my stomach (xiphoid) to my pubic area. It's quite impressive and I'm still thinking of good stories to make up about the scar . My pain was significant when I first woke up, but they managed it very quickly and I was able to come off morphine on Day 2.

Recovery:
I was up and walking the morning after the operation, and I stayed in hospital for 4 days where I saw my surgeons each morning. The greatest discomfort was on Days 2 and 3 due to gas. My back also became quite stiff from the hospital bed and the surgery in general, so sitting in chairs was a godsend. I've been home since my discharge from hospital and pain hasn't really been significant at all. I live alone and my friends have been my saviours: they brought me food and helped me out for the first two weeks. I am on paracetamol and ibuprofen, which I am also titrating down slowly. I am also on the dreaded blood thinning jabs which sting like a bee sting! Worst part of my evenings!
Before my diagnosis, I was an incredibly active person: I'm a competitive rower who usually does 1-2 hours of training a day. So having to be quiet and resting is definitely a challenge! I'm currently walking about 20 minutes a day around my neighbourhood without pain. For now I'm just focusing on staying quiet and resting: I have been signed off work for 6 weeks, but as it's a desk job (I'm a researcher at a university), I'll probably start doing some stuff from home over the next week or so.

Follow-ups:
I had my staples out last week at my GP: a nurse removed all 48 staples over the course of 2 days, and it really didn't hurt at all. In fact it felt amazing once they were out and the incision could start to heal. I have my follow-up appointment at the hospital next week where they will discuss the histology results with me. Fingers crossed!

I hope everyone is doing OK.
  #97  
Unread 09-20-2021, 02:11 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

Hi Ladies,
It’s so good to hear most of you are managing well! I am 3 weeks post op today and so happy that I made the decision to do it!

Due to severe adnomyosis I had a TLAVH preserving my ovaries on Aug 30. Other than being nauseous and constipated at first, I’ve had a pretty smooth and what feels like a fast recovery.

As I kept my ovaries this is the week that would normally have my cancelling all plans so I can be tethered to my heating pads with all available pain meds at my side until my cycle moves through the worst point. Instead, I’ve been off all meds for a week now, I’m walking further and further around my neighbourhood and I have enough energy for cooking and laundry and things I’d normally not dream of doing in this week.

I still have some pain. Sometimes a few twinges where the cuff is probably healing and some pain where my uterus used to be. Im not sure if that’s a warning from my body to slow down, or if I have some lingering endo that will quietly let me know it’s still there. Time will tell. It’s only about 3/10 at worst, and doesn’t have the heavy, cranky emotional quality it used to. So I tend to just sit down and remind myself that feeling better doesn’t mean healed, and then I take it easy. I have three more weeks before I follow up with my surgeon and as I have a demanding job I won’t return to work until he clears me.

What’s been most surprising to me tho is that after my digestion came back on line, it came back better than before. I have the appetite of a hungry bear, and have never been so regular!

All around my body just feels relief to not have to struggle so much with a heavy, scarred, energy draining uterus anymore.
  #98  
Unread 09-21-2021, 01:21 PM
Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

Day 22, I would have been on my period right now. ....anyone feel cramping, heaviness, and soreness down below? I did keep both my ovaries.
  #99  
Unread 09-21-2021, 01:58 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021


Welcome Crunchy and emmalina, we’re glad you joined us.

Crunchy,
Fibroids that large have been known to develop nerves and a blood supply of their own. It’s no wonder you have increased energy with that freeloader no longer sapping you of your strength!

ever summer,
It is wonderful you’re already realizing a better quality of life. Increased discomfort is one way our body communicates we are overdoing, or it could just be part of the healing process as you are still in the early stages.

JimSan,
The key to resuming activities is easing back
g r a d u a l l y. . . Every couple days incease time on your feet and walking distance by small increments to allow your body to build back up its stamina. For example, walking one or two driveways further or standing a couple minutes longer. Going zero to sixty is a guarantee to increased swelling, pain and maybe even discharge. Brown discharge is just old blood slowly making its way out of the vaginal canal.

Emmalina,
Three weeks post op is pretty early to resume working as there are risks involved with doing too much too soon (cuff dehiscence and adhesions to name a couple). When your energy and bodily resources are spent doing all the things, healing may drag on with fatigue that can persist for months. We have a saying around here, you only get one chance to heal properly the first time. Please be gentle with yourself.

Sending
  #100  
Unread 09-21-2021, 02:18 PM
Re: Recovery Progress Reports for Hysterectomy dates Aug 30-Sep 05,2021

Yes! My doctor and the nurses told me I would still have PMS symptoms since I still have my overies. Bummer. My breasts were more sore than ever before. I felt like they were engorged with milk. Crazy. But glad I'm not "flooding" like I normally do with my period!
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