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Unread 03-13-2004, 03:53 PM
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Hi to all.

I just found out that I have severe dysplasia. I have had problems with clotting, cramping, and abnormal cycles for the last 2 years. My gyn just put me on the pill last month to try and straighten that out. I haven't really gotten the chance to find out if it does. With the new problem, combined with the old, he did give me the option of a hyster, no ovaries taken and done vaginally. I am a surgery wuss. I had an anxiety attack while waiting to have my gall bladder out in the pre-op room. Just cried the whole time I sat there.

My main concern is my kids. I have a 2 year old and a 6 year old. The older is in school. I was wondering how long I would be needing someone to help me with the 2 year old. She is pretty independent and doesn't rely on me too much during the day. I have no idea what to expect post-op though. I plan on calling the doc this week to talk to him more. Every time I make up my mind, I find another story that makes me re-think everything again.

Was this the best thing you could have done for yourself? or the biggest mistake of your life? I am 29, 30 in June. We have already decided that we're done with having kids. That's not an issue. My issue is recovery...

Let me know what you all think. Any tips on how to plan the recovery time would be much appreciated.

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Unread 03-13-2004, 07:35 PM
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If you have decided on the hyster, there are different types of hysters to concider. Talk with your doc and try to find one that is right for you.

There are links posted on the top of the Cancer Concerns site that talk about the different types of hyster's.

To me, it looked like some had a faster recovery time than others. It is worth a look and some research to find out.

I am sure someone else will be along soon with more experience in this area.
Unread 03-14-2004, 08:23 PM
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If you have a choice, see if your surgeon can do a laparascopically-assisted VH. The incisions are tiny. I have a one-inch (or so) horizontal one just below my pubic hairline, two dots on either side of my mid-section (like the size of the eraser at the end of a pencil) and an invisible one in my belly button.

As far as planning for recovery, I'm sure you've seen that everyone has a different experience. Be as healthy as you can pre-surgery. Perhaps you could ask for a Valium or a Xanax or something pre-surgery also, to combat the anxiety?

I have a friend who was back to work at week 2 post-op. No dysplasia or cancer issues involved, though. From reading posts here, it looks like that's awfully quick! Everyone is different.

I really don't know what to tell you about your 2-year-old. Certainly for your first week at home you will need someone to do everything for her (and for you). Your doctor might be able to advise you also.

Wishing you the very best,
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Unread 03-14-2004, 08:30 PM
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My children were 3 and 6 when I had my TVH. Besides being tired, I felt pretty good after 2 weeks. I was able to walk without pain the day after my surgery. The constipation was the worst physical symptom of the hysterectomy. Lifting and exercise are prohibited for about 6 weeks but I was able to take care of my children on my own after about 10 days.

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