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Unread 10-07-2004, 09:23 PM
Weight lose or gain?

Hello, I am a LIW. My surgery is next week. I was wondering if anyone had problems with weight gain or loss after surgery. I am already overweight and I had just started weight watchers and had lost 12 pounds when I found out I would need this surgery. I know that exercise will be out of the question for a while. I guess I will just have to be careful with what I eat.

I will be so glad when this is all over and I am on the mend!

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Unread 10-08-2004, 07:36 AM
Weight lose or gain?

Hi eternity:

Since I had my hysterectomy in March I have lost weight(10 pounds), I just recently joined BEST, on this site(the ladies there are wonderful and supportive), and I am doing weight watchers also(on my own) I lost weight on them before and I think it is a healthy way to eat plus it works!!! and is not hard to stick with at all. I did fine during recovery too I didn't gain any weight.

You will be fine, not everyone gains weight with a hysterctomy as a matter of fact the friends I have who had hysterectomies actually lost weight after their surgery. Hope everythings goes well and you have a wonderful recovery!
Unread 10-08-2004, 10:50 AM
Weight lose or gain?

After my TAH/LS I came home for the hospital 2 lbs heavier than when I went in. After that I prompty lost 20lbs in 2 weeks (that eventually slowed down, thank goodness!)

Through out my myomectomies I was on the Jenny Craig program. The center I went to, did not allow you to "diet" for 6 months after a major surgery. I put into place what I had learned on the program, and continued to try to eat balanced meals, and be really aware of the snacking since I was a major couch spud until I could regularly get out n about and walk more. With the little knowledge I had I was able to maintain my weight for each 6 month period afterwards then resume my weightloss efforts.

I was pretty paranoid about regaining the weight I'd lost ... just make sure what ever you do during your recovery you continue to eat sensibly and don't rob your body of the protein it needs to rebuild itself.

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Unread 10-09-2004, 07:52 PM
Smile - Weight lose or gain? Weight-loss and Diet

Just had a TAH on Oct 1st. I have been on the South Beach Diet for 3 weeks prior to surgery and had lost 15 pounds. It is a great way to eat and to lose weigh. So far, I have eaten pretty much what I want just no sugar, no carbs and no fat. (I did occassionally cheat) I feel good and have not put on any weigh.

Once you get used to to the idea of healthy eating, you really do not want to eat the other stuff. There is so much good food that does not make you feel puffy and sluggish.

I have been feeling fine and eating healthy. This is something that I can control. I can see the results now that the swelling has gone down and so has my dress size.

I get my staples out on Monday - now that is something else to worry about.

Unread 10-10-2004, 09:26 PM
Weight lose or gain?

Hi there

When I had my TVH, in December 2004, was over 50 lbs overweight. And my weight had been fluctuating wildly in the 4 or 5 years prior to my hyst due in part to having just given birth at that time and to the fibroid that was dramatically affecting my hormonal symptoms.

Immediately after my hyst, I did loose some weight. Some of it was because, finally, my hormones were balanced and some of it was due to having a healthier diet. However, since I've had weight issues all of my life, I have gained and lost weight... and gained some more... since that time.

There are a few things that you need to remember, as you get ready for the surgery:
  • One of those is that your need energy to recover. That's one of the reasons why resting is so important. And that's one of the reasons why I was loosing weight in those early days post-op: even though I wasn't exercising, my body was using up a lot of energy to recover.
  • Another one of those things is that you need energy to recovery and that energy comes from the foods you are eating. That's why int's important not to restrict your food intake. Of course, its' always the right titme to eat sensibly, but do be careful not to avoid whole food groups. And do remember that some foods are more likely to cause bloating, gas and constipation that those are all issues you may have to contend with post-op.

I guess that what I'm saying here is that now, more than ever, you need to consult your doctor before starting any type of diet or colories-restrictive program

And let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on your weight loss and to wish you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery.
Unread 10-11-2004, 11:34 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. They are truly appreciated. My surgery is this Thursday. I would also be most thankful for your continued prayers.

Unread 10-11-2004, 10:46 PM
Weight lose or gain?


I hope all goes well for you on Thursday.

Come visit BEST while you're recovering. Even if you can't exercise or diet, you can check in on the daily thread and get reminded to eat well and drink plenty of water. Post-op, I got light headed a few times when I didn't remember to drink.

Now that I'm feeling good, I can see that my TVH had some fitness benefits for me. After surgery, fried foods gave me so much gas that I found them easier to give up, and I haven't gone back to them. The other thing I learned in the weeks after my TVH was to lie down frequently. For me, lying down frequently (once I wasn't lying down full-time!), helped prevent my tummy from swelling. Now I'm using the same "work awhile/lie down awhile" method to be active without re-injuring my knees and back, which have given me trouble for a long time. My DH is astonished at how much I'm doing every day.

Of course, the Hystersisters and BEST are real fitness benefits, too. It's nice to read and post on the daily thread. BEST friends are helpful, supportive and fun.

Good luck!

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