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Unread 05-16-2003, 10:27 PM
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I am wondering what to expect immediately after surgery. I am having a LAVH. Now for the silly question - Will I feel soreness much like after giving birth vaginally? Also, do they pack your vagina with gauze or such? I really do much better with medical procedures when I know what to expect. Anyone got an answer for me? I would appreciate your wisdom and candor. Thanks!
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Unread 05-16-2003, 11:24 PM
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Dear Bunkodeb,
I don't think it is a silly question!! I actually did feel like I had just given birth for a few days. Must be the same area of the body.
I did not have a vaginal pack or a catheter in after my op. Many doctors do still do this however, especially after a vaginal hyst. The sister told me before surgery that my doctor didn't do it if everything went well although I had been expecting it. You could ask your doctor if he does it routinely or not. Sisters having the pack say it is nothing to worry about and comes out the next day - like a large tampon.
Good luck with your surgery, Meg
Unread 05-17-2003, 12:05 AM
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Hi, I had an LAVH/BSO. When I awoke I was so high I don't remember much, but I do remember that they had me on a Demerol pump, had a catheter, and had the vaginal packing. The first thing I do remember after the surgery was intense abdominal cramping. They had a problem getting my med pump to work, so I probably wouldn't have had any pain if it were'nt for that.

I knew I was going to have the cath, but I didn't even know about the vaginal packing until they told me right before they started removing it. It felt weird, but it didn't hurt (I was also on Demerol at that time).

I NEVER had any pain inside or outside of my vagina. That seemed strange to me too. I expected to have some soreness there, but there just wasn't any. I have a vaginal cuff. I am only 4 1/2 weeks post op. I think this surgery was nothing like having a vaginal birth. I had an episiotomy(sp?) when I had my first and a C-section with my second. Both of those births left me with more pain than this surgery.

I did have abdominal discomfort with this surgery. I still had the swelly belly, eventhough I did not have the big incision. If you can think of anymore questions, just ask.
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Unread 05-17-2003, 01:29 AM
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hi... i had a tvh/ i did have packing down below plus a catheter.... i can honestly say the only pain i had was backache... no soreness and nothing like after having a baby.... i was terrified of having the packing out but it was pain free...... it literally just slid out.. the nurse was very reassuring and gentle.... i had surgery late thursday afternoon... next day i had a bed bath but was up and about albeit slowly.... on the saturday i showered myself and felt so much better.... my advice would be to take any pain meds offered even though you may not be in alot of pain.. this would prevent any pain coming... i have had a good recovery and feel so much better.... remember.. any questions feel free to ask... we have been there and personal experience goes along way... we understand... don't get me wrong i have had loads of support from friends and family but to truly understand you need to have walked those same steps.... well that is my theory.... take care and i wish you well... mary. xx
Unread 05-17-2003, 01:52 AM
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